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Accrue vs. Accumulate — What's the Difference?

Accrue vs. Accumulate — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Accrue and Accumulate

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Accrue

To come to one as a gain, addition, or increment
Interest accruing in my savings account.
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Accumulate

To gather or cause to increase; amass
We accumulated enough wood for a fire. Nearly all bank accounts accumulate interest.
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Accrue

To increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth
Common sense that accrues with experience.
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Accumulate

To be the site for (a gradually increasing mass), especially as a result of disuse or neglect
Those old books are accumulating dust.
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Accrue

To come into existence as a claim that is legally enforceable.
Apr 05, 2022
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Accumulate

To mount or pile up; increase
Snow is accumulating on the roads.
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Accrue

To accumulate over time
I have accrued 15 days of sick leave.
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Accumulate

(transitive) To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together (either literally or figuratively)
He wishes to accumulate a sum of money.
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Accrue

(intransitive) To increase, to rise
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Accumulate

(intransitive) To gradually grow or increase in quantity or number.
With her company going bankrupt, her divorce, and a gambling habit, debts started to accumulate so she had to sell her house.
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Accrue

(intransitive) To reach or come to by way of increase; to arise or spring up because of growth or result, especially as the produce of money lent.
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Accumulate

To take a higher degree at the same time with a lower degree, or at a shorter interval than usual.
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Accrue

To be incurred as a result of the passage of time.
The monthly financial statements show all the actual but only some of the accrued expenses.
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Accumulate

Collected; accumulated.
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Accrue

(transitive) To accumulate.
He has accrued nine sick days.
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Accumulate

To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass; as, to accumulate a sum of money.
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Accrue

To become an enforceable and permanent right.
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Accumulate

To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
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Accrue

(obsolete) Something that accrues; advantage accruing
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Accumulate

Collected; accumulated.
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Accrue

To increase; to augment.
And though power failed, her courage did accrue.
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Accumulate

Get or gather together;
I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife
She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis
She rolled up a small fortune
Apr 05, 2022

Accrue

To come to by way of increase; to arise or spring as a growth or result; to be added as increase, profit, or damage, especially as the produce of money lent.
The great and essential advantages accruing to society from the freedom of the press.
Apr 05, 2022

Accumulate

Collect or gather;
Journals are accumulating in my office
The work keeps piling up
Apr 05, 2022

Accrue

Something that accrues; advantage accruing.
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Accrue

Grow by addition;
The interest accrues
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Accrue

Come into the possession of;
The house accrued to the oldest son
Apr 05, 2022

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