accept

[ ak-sept ]
/ ækˈsɛpt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

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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

usage note for accept

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 ).

OTHER WORDS FROM accept

pre·ac·cept, verbre·ac·cept, verb (used with object)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH accept

accept except (see usage note at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for accept

accept
/ (əkˈsɛpt) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of accept

accepter, noun

Word Origin for accept

C14: from Latin acceptāre, from ad- to + capere to take
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