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)

Synonyms for accept

Antonyms for accept

1. reject.

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 ). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for accept

Contemporary Examples of accept

Historical Examples of accept

  • Accept them for a dowry; and allow me to claim one privilege in return.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Thank you, Robert; I will accept your gift with thanks on one condition.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It had been folly enough while he believed that she stood ready to accept him and his wealth.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The responsibilities of the position I feel, but accept them without fear.

  • To accept their nomination and stand as a Rural District Councillor!


    William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for accept


verb (mainly tr)

to take or receive (something offered)
to give an affirmative reply toto accept an invitation
to take on the responsibilities, duties, etc, ofhe accepted office
to tolerate or accommodate oneself to
to consider as true or believe in (a philosophy, theory, etc)I cannot accept your argument
(may take a clause as object) to be willing to grant or believeyou must accept that he lied
to receive with approval or admit, as into a community, group, etc
commerce to agree to pay (a bill, draft, shipping document, etc), esp by signing
to receive as adequate, satisfactory, or valid
to receive, take, or hold (something applied, inserted, etc)
(intr sometimes foll by of) archaic to take or receive an offer, invitation, etc
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

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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