accept

[ ak-sept ]
/ ækˈsɛpt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to accept an invitation, gift, position, etc. (sometimes followed by of).

Origin of accept

1350–1400; Middle English accepten < Middle French accepter < Latin acceptare, equivalent to ac- ac- + -cep- take, combining form of cap- + -t- frequentative suffix
Related formspre·ac·cept, verbre·ac·cept, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedaccept except (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

The verbs accept and except are sometimes confused because of their similar pronunciations, especially in rapid speech. Accept means “to take or receive” ( I accept this trophy ), while except means “to exclude” ( Certain types of damage are excepted from coverage in this insurance policy ).
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British Dictionary definitions for accept

accept

/ (əkˈsɛpt) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsaccepter, noun

Word Origin for accept

C14: from Latin acceptāre, from ad- to + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for accept

accept


v.

late 14c., "to take what is offered," from Old French accepter (14c.) or directly from Latin acceptare "take or receive willingly," frequentative of accipere "receive," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Accepted; accepting.

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