V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. an increase in the size or amount of something by gradually adding to it; 2. something that contributes to growth or increase; 3. a growing together of separate parts

Synonyms: augmentation, accumulation, addition, growth, increase, fusion, consolidation

Antonyms: shrinkage, dispersal

Tips: Accretion originates from the Latin crescere, "to grow." Accretion has several specialized uses. In law, accretion refers to adding to something by taking from another source (like a fund). In astronomy, accretion refers to attraction of matter by gravity, and in geology, accretion is an increase in landmass or an increase in the size of a continent.

Usage Examples:

With the accretion of so many new employees, our office will soon have doubled its original size. (addition)

The addition of new clients accounts for the accretion of the business. (growth)

An accretion of mass results in an increase in velocity. (increase)

The accretion of my various investment accounts will make it easier for me to keep track of my finances. (fusion, consolidation)

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