- to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor: to accept a present; to accept a proposal.
- to agree or consent to; accede to: to accept a treaty; to accept an apology.
- to respond or answer affirmatively to: to accept an invitation.
- to undertake the responsibility, duties, honors, etc., of: to accept the office of president.
- to receive or admit formally, as to a college or club.
- to accommodate or reconcile oneself to: to accept the situation.
- to regard as true or sound; believe: to accept a claim; to accept Catholicism.
- to regard as normal, suitable, or usual.
- to receive as to meaning; understand.
- Commerce. to acknowledge, by signature, as calling for payment, and thus to agree to pay, as a draft.
- (in a deliberative body) to receive as an adequate performance of the duty with which an officer or a committee has been charged; receive for further action: The report of the committee was accepted.
- to receive or contain (something attached, inserted, etc.): This socket won't accept a three-pronged plug.
- to receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without adverse reaction.Compare reject(def 7).
- 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
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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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Related Wordswelcome, obtain, take, get, receive, admit, trust, affirm, recognize, acknowledge, favor, buy, hold, approve, tolerate, respect, agree, assume, adopt, sign
Examples from the Web for accept
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
January 9, 2015
Or as her mother tells her, sternly, “You got to accept that life is full of disappointments.”This Week’s Hot Reads: December 22, 2014
December 22, 2014
Many Muslims may disagree with my view, or interpret Islam in a more moderate way, but I cannot accept this religion myself.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
“I need [my team] to triangulate as many sources as possible and we then accept the most credible,” Francesco Motta said.ISIS Fighters Are Killing Faster than Statisticians Can Count
December 5, 2014
But they will have been through so much that, can they accept it?‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead
December 2, 2014
Accept them for a dowry; and allow me to claim one privilege in return.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Thank you, Robert; I will accept your gift with thanks on one condition.Brave and Bold
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!Viviette
William J. Locke
- 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
C14: from Latin acceptāre, from ad- to + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for accept
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