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verb ac·cept \ik-ˈsept, ak- also ek-\

Simple Definition of accept

  • : to receive or take (something offered)

  • : to take (something) as payment

  • : to be able or designed to take or hold (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accept

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to receive willingly <accept a gift> b :  to be able or designed to take or hold (something applied or added) <a surface that will not accept ink>

  3. 2 :  to give admittance or approval to <accept her as one of the group>

  4. 3 a :  to endure without protest or reaction <accept poor living conditions> b :  to regard as proper, normal, or inevitable <the idea is widely accepted> c :  to recognize as true :  believe <refused to accept the explanation>

  5. 4 a :  to make a favorable response to <accept an offer> b :  to agree to undertake (a responsibility) <accept a job>

  6. 5 :  to assume an obligation to pay; also :  to take in payment <we don't accept personal checks>

  7. 6 :  to receive (a legislative report) officially

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to receive favorably something offered —usually used with of <a heart more disposed to accept of his — Jane Austen>

acceptingly play \-ˈsep-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
acceptingness play \-tiŋ-nəs\ noun

Examples of accept in a sentence

  1. When Bess was born, my mother had a hard time accepting many of our parenting choices. —Kelly Coyle DiNorcia, Mothering, March & April 2008

  2. Despite Alexander's general skepticism about speed measurements, he does accept the cheetah as probably the fastest known running species. The measurement he finds most reliable, 29 m/s (about 65 mph), comes from a 1997 record along a 200-meter course clocked by an experienced timekeeper for athletic races. —Susan Milius, Science News, 16 Aug. 2008

  3. The Edinburgh Christ in the House of Martha and Mary doesn't look like a Vermeer, although its signature has been accepted as genuine. —James Fenton, New York Review of Books, 6 Nov. 2008

  4. They offered him the job, and he accepted it.

  5. They offered him the job, and he accepted.

  6. The store doesn't accept credit cards.

  7. a surface that will not accept ink

  8. a computer program ready to accept commands

  9. They accepted some applications and rejected others.

  10. She's still trying to get her manuscript accepted for publication.

  11. They refused to accept his resignation.

  12. a word that has come to be accepted as standard

  13. This treatment is now accepted by many doctors.

Origin of accept

Middle English, from Anglo-French accepter, from Latin acceptare, frequentative of accipere to receive, from ad- + capere to take — more at heave

First Known Use: 14th century

ACCEPT Defined for Kids


verb ac·cept \ik-ˈsept, ak-\

Definition of accept for Students


  1. 1 :  to receive or take willingly <accept a gift> <accept as a member>

  2. 2 :  to agree to <He accepted my invitation.>

  3. 3 :  to stop resisting <accept change>

  4. 4 :  to admit deserving <accept blame> <accept responsibility>

Word Root of accept

The Latin word capere, meaning “to seize” or “to take,” and its form captus give us the roots cap, capt, and cept. Words from the Latin capere have something to do with taking. To capture is to take something or someone by using force. To accept is to take something willingly. Anyone capable of doing something is able to take on that task.

Law Dictionary


transitive verb ac·cept \ik-ˈsept, ak-\

Legal Definition of accept

  1. 1a :  to receive with consent <accept a gift> <accept service> b :  to assent to the receipt of and treat in such a way as to indicate ownership of <accepted the shipment despite discovering defects in the merchandise> — compare reject Editor's note: Under section 2-606(1) of the Uniform Commercial Code, a buyer accepts goods if: 1) he or she indicates to the seller after a reasonable opportunity to inspect them that he or she will keep them; 2) he or she fails to effectively reject them; 3) he or she acts in a way that is inconsistent with the seller's ownership of the goods.

  2. 2 :  to make an affirmative or favorable response to; specifically :  to indicate by words or action one's assent to (an offer) and willingness to enter into a contract Editor's note: A contract is created when the offer is accepted.

  3. 3 :  to assume orally, in writing, or by conduct an obligation to pay <accepting a draft>

  4. 4 of a deliberative body :  to receive (a report) officially (as from a committee)

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to receive favorably something offered —usually used with of <no person…shall…accept of any present — U.S. Constitution art. I>

  7. 2 :  to receive and assume ownership of goods <under section 2-606(1), buyer has accepted if he has done any of the acts described therein — J. J. White and R. S. Summers>

acceptance \ik-ˈsep-təns, ak-\ play noun
accepter or acceptor \-tər\ play noun

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