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Apr 29, 2010
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Back-formations

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cathect
sass
callithump
accrete
cerebrate

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accrete

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-KREET)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To grow gradually by accumulation.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from accretion, from accrescere (to grow). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ker- (to grow) that is also the source of words such as increase, recruit, crew, crescent, cereal, concrete, and crescendo.

USAGE:
"Protoplanets accrete more material and grow into full-sized planets."
Lisa Grossman; Saving the Earth With Dynamical Simulations; Science News (Washington, DC); Jan 8, 2010.

See more usage examples of accrete in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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