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To Accrue. v.n. [from the participle accrû, formed from accróitre, Fr.]

  1. To accede to, to be added to; as, a natural production or effect, without any particular respect to good or ill.

    The Son of God, by his incarnation, hath changed the manner of that personal subsistence; no alteration thereby accruing to the nature of God. Hooker, b. v. § 54.

  2. To be added, as an advantage or improvement, in a sense inclining to good rather than ill; in which meaning it is more frequently used by later authors.

    From which compact there arising an obligation upon every one, so to convey his meaning, there accrues also a right to every one, by the same signs, to judge of the sense or meaning of the person so obliged to express himself. South's Sermons.

    Let the evidence of such a particular miracle be never so bright and clear, yet it is still but particular; and must therefore want that kind of force, that degree of influence, which accrues to a standing general proof, from its having been tried or approved, and consented to, by men of all ranks and capacities, of all tempers and interests, of all ages and nations. Atterbury's Sermons.

  3. To append to, or arise from; as, an ill consequence; this sense seems to be less proper.

    His scholar Aristotle, as in many other particulars, so likewise in this, did justly oppose him, and became one of the authors; choosing a certain benefit, before the hazard that might accrue from the disrespects of ignorant persons. Wilk. Math. Mag.

  4. In a commercial sense, to be produced, or arise; as, profits.

    The yearly benefit, that, out of those his works, accrueth to her majesty, amounteth to one thousand pounds. Carew's Surv.

    The great profits which have accrued to the duke of Florence from his free port, have set several of the states of Italy on the same subject. Addison on Italy.

  5. Sometimes to follow, as loss; but less properly.

    The benefit or loss of such a trade accruing to the government, until it comes to take root in the nation. Temple's Misc.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Atterbury, Francis (75) · Carew, Thomas (36) · Hooker, Richard (175) · South, Robert (158) · Temple, William (54) · Wilkins, John (32)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Neuter (131)

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