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

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.

Full Definition of Accretion

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 from:

  • Oxford Dictionary Of Economics
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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