Define: Accretion

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Accretion

Quick Summary of Accretion

In accounting, accretion is the change in the price of a bond bought at a discount to the par value of the bond.

What is the dictionary definition of Accretion?

Dictionary Definition

  1. The act of increasing by natural growth; especially the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth.
  2. The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth.
  3. Something added externally to promote growth the external growth of an item.


Full Definition of Accretion

Accretion is an increase in the value of an asset as a result of physical changes (e.g. a growing crop), as opposed to an increase in value pertaining to changes in it’s price on the market.


Examples of Accretion in a sentence

The public sector continued to grow through a process of bureaucratic accretion financed by economic growth.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Accretion are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 27th January 2019.