- generally approved; usually regarded as normal, right, etc.: an accepted pronunciation of a word; an accepted theory.
Origin of accepted
- 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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Mrs. Rushton was pleased with this mark of attention, and after a slight demur, accepted.
He accepted Percival's invitation that afternoon to go down into the Street with him.The Spenders
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It will not even be a regular history in the accepted sense of the word.Ancient Man
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We accepted his kind invitation to make ourselves his guests while we remained.Explorations in Australia
"Your escort was accepted because you were the first to offer it," said Halbert.
- commonly approved or recognized; customary; established
- 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 accepted
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