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

Nearby words

  1. acceptance race,
  2. acceptance region,
  3. acceptancy,
  4. acceptant,
  5. acceptation,
  6. accepted masons,
  7. accepted pairing,
  8. acceptee,
  9. accepter,
  10. accepting

Origin of accepted

First recorded in 1485–95; accept + -ed2

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



verb (used with object)

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).

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)

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



commonly approved or recognized; customary; established
Derived Formsacceptedly, adverb


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 accepted



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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