Origin of accept
words often confused with accept
OTHER WORDS FROM acceptpre·ac·cept, verbre·ac·cept, verb (used with object)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH acceptaccept , except (see usage note at the current entry)
Words nearby accept
ACCEPT VS. EXCEPT
What’s the difference between accept and except?
Accept is a common word with many meanings, most of which involve receiving something, taking something on, or putting up with something. Except is most commonly used as a preposition meaning excluding or but, as in Everyone was invited except me, or as a conjunction meaning but for the fact that, as in I would have called, except I lost my phone.
Except can also be used as a verb meaning to exclude, as in the common phrase present company excepted, but its verb use is much less common. In contrast, accept is always a verb.
To remember the difference in the spelling between accept and except, remember that except shares the prefix ex- with exclude, which is fitting since except is commonly used in situations in which someone or something has been excluded.
Accept, on the other hand, is often used in situations in which something is acquired.
Here’s an example of accept and except used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: I usually accept your excuses, except this time I know they’re not true.
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Quiz yourself on accept vs. except!
Should accept or except be used in the following sentence?
The cake was great _____ for the icing, which was a little too sweet.
How to use accept in a sentence
First, they obviously make it easier to vote by mail — a more generous window for accepting ballots means fewer voters will be disenfranchised for mailing their ballots too late.Why Four Pivotal Swing States Likely Won’t Be Called On Election Night|Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 25, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Some news publishers, including Reuters and Bloomberg, have policies against accepting political advertising.‘Total whack a mole’: Rogue political ads create mounting brand safety problems for publishers|Max Willens|September 25, 2020|Digiday
Xiaomi accepted the proposition and doled out an investment for the startup’s angel round in 2017.The eSIM maker powering Xiaomi’s IoT devices raises $15M|Rita Liao|September 25, 2020|TechCrunch
His 2018 study, co-authored with entomologists at the Washington State University bee lab, had been accepted by the journal Nature Scientific Reports.The Fungal Evangelist Who Would Save the Bees - Issue 90: Something Green|Merlin Sheldrake|September 23, 2020|Nautilus
Both decisions were early indications the nation was beginning to head into a different direction to accept.‘Skim milk’ marriages not enough: Ginsburg remembered as LGBTQ ally|Chris Johnson|September 21, 2020|Washington Blade
In the meantime, he should just accept that the holdup has nothing to do with his politics.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame|Ben Jacobs|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Or as her mother tells her, sternly, “You got to accept that life is full of disappointments.”
Many Muslims may disagree with my view, or interpret Islam in a more moderate way, but I cannot accept this religion myself.
At the end of his prayer, the grand mufti whispered aloud: “May God accept it.”
Indeed, does Francis, or any Christian, genuinely accept that God is God, whether his name be Allah or God?
The Act permits member banks to accept an amount of bills not exceeding 50 per cent.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
At the end of the first year, however, she resigned this privilege because she did not wish to accept the conditions of the gift.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
I desired the captain would please to accept this ring in return of his civilities, which he absolutely refused.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
This fact worried him considerably, and made him persist in his own mind that the company would accept it.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
As an M.P. you are duly qualified to accept any appointment under the Crown when the Government ask you.