[ ak-sep-tid ]
/ ækˈsɛp tɪd /


generally approved; usually regarded as normal, right, etc.: an accepted pronunciation of a word; an accepted theory.

Origin of accepted

First recorded in 1485–95; accept + -ed2

Related forms

ac·cept·ed·ly, adverbqua·si-ac·cept·ed, adjectiveun·ac·cept·ed, adjectivewell-ac·cept·ed, adjective

Definition for accepted (2 of 2)


[ ak-sept ]
/ ækˈsɛpt /

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 forms

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

Can be confused

accept except (see usage note at the current entry)

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

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British Dictionary definitions for accepted (1 of 2)


/ (əkˈsɛptɪd) /


commonly approved or recognized; customary; established

Derived Forms

acceptedly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for accepted (2 of 2)


/ (əkˈsɛpt) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

accepter, noun

Word Origin for accept

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