verb (used without object), ac·crued, ac·cru·ing.
- to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.
- to be added as a matter of periodic gain or advantage, as interest on money.
- Law. to become a present and enforceable right or demand.
verb -crues, -cruing or -crued (intr)
- to increase by growth or addition, esp (of capital) to increase by periodic addition of interest
- (often foll by to) to fall naturally (to); come into the possession (of); result (for)
- law (of a right or demand) to become capable of being enforced
mid-15c., from Old French acreue “growth, increase, what has grown,” fem. of acreu, past participle of acreistre (Modern French accroître) “to increase,” from Latin accrescere (see accretion). Related: Accrued; accruing. Apparently a verb from a French noun because there is no English verb to go with it until much later, unless the record is defective.