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)
Full Definition of accept
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>
2 : to give admittance or approval to <accept her as one of the group>
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>
4 a : to make a favorable response to <accept an offer> b : to agree to undertake (a responsibility) <accept a job>
5 : to assume an obligation to pay; also : to take in payment <we don't accept personal checks>
6 : to receive (a legislative report) officially
: to receive favorably something offered —usually used with of <a heart more disposed to accept of his — Jane Austen>
Examples of accept
When Bess was born, my mother had a hard time accepting many of our parenting choices. —Kelly Coyle DiNorcia, Mothering, March & April 2008
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
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
They offered him the job, and he accepted it.
They offered him the job, and he accepted.
The store doesn't accept credit cards.
a surface that will not accept ink
a computer program ready to accept commands
They accepted some applications and rejected others.
She's still trying to get her manuscript accepted for publication.
They refused to accept his resignation.
a word that has come to be accepted as standard
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
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