Define: Accretion

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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.

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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.


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