Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To accumulate and become a part of something, as accrued interest on a principal sum; to ripen or spring into existence, as a right of action. See 10 Watts (Pa.), 363.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To grow to; to be added to; to attach itself to; as a subordinate or accessory claim or demand arises out of, and is joined to, its principal; thus, costs accrue to a judgment, and interest to the principal debt. The term Is also used of independent or original demands, and then means to arise, to happen, to come into force or existence; to vest; as In the phrase, "The right of action did not accrue within six years." Amy v. Dubuque, 98 U. S. 470, 476, 25 L. Ed. 228; Eislng v. Andrews, 66 Conn. 58, 33 Atl. 585, 50 Am. St. Rep. 75; Napa State Hospital v. Yuba County, 138 Cal. 378, 71 Pac. 450.