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).
- pre·ac·cept, verb
- re·ac·cept, verb (used with object)
- accept , except (see usage note at the current entry)
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How to use accept in a sentence
In economics, it tilts right because it cuts back regulation and accepts unequal market outcomes.
Everyone who accepts must publish their video on social media and challenge three of their friends to complete the challenge.The Ice Bucket Challenge: Celebrities Promote ALS Awareness, Washboard Abs | Amy Zimmerman | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I love that Matt Lauer has an arc in our movie where he comes around and accepts the word ‘sharknado,’ and then kills a shark.‘Sharknado 2’ in Winter: Has the Franchise Jumped the Shark? | Jason Lynch | July 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And so, in the end, he accepts a plea bargain: involuntary manslaughter, three years in prison.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See | Andrew Romano | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rosita accepts, and they return to the United States, husband and wife.James Lee Burke Talks About His Fiction, History, and the American Dream | David Masciotra | July 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If a trustee accepts he must give a bond with sureties for the faithful performance of his duties.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
But this is not a humane and civilised nation, and never will be while it accepts Christianity as its religion.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
But if one accepts goods or services without knowledge or reason to believe that compensation will be expected, what then?Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
He accepts of those as united to Him—viewed by them through his grace as possessed of a certain glorious character.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
He soon gets used to it, however, and accepts the superlatives without turning a hair.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
British Dictionary definitions for accept
to take or receive (something offered)
to give an affirmative reply to: to accept an invitation
to take on the responsibilities, duties, etc, of: he 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 believe: you 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
- accepter, noun
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