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accrete

(ə-krēt′)
v. ac·creted, ac·creting, ac·cretes
v.tr.
To make larger or greater, as by increased growth.
v.intr.
1. To grow together; fuse.
2. To grow or increase gradually, as by addition.
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He said that if this result is confirmed by future studies it would mean that the initial mass function is not dependent on how the stars form but on the availability of material nearby the embryonic stars from which they accrete their mass.
Leg 112 researchers also found thatstarting about 12 million years ago, sediments began to accrete in the classic way after a 2-kilometer-high ridge plunged beneath the margin.
In the inner solar system it takes about 1 million years to accrete a core the size of the moon.

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