Definition of accept
1a : to receive (something offered) willingly accept a giftb : 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
3a : to endure without protest or reaction accept poor living conditionsb : to regard as proper, normal, or inevitable an idea that is widely acceptedc : to recognize as true : believe refused to accept the explanation
4a : to make a favorable response to accept an offerb : 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 of a deliberative body : 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 in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of accept from the Web
SSFS is accepting gift cards from office supply stores and retailers where school supplies can be purchased.
Cards in a variety of sizes are available—128GB of storage can be yours for under $45 for example—but double-check the maximum card size your phone can take (last year's Samsung Galaxy S7 can accept cards up to 200GB in size).
ECCHO initially fought to have the golf course reopened, but after years of legal battles and ballot box confrontations, many of its members have accepted that new housing is coming.
Johnson, who also has been accused of similar inappropriate behavior by a City Hall aide and a staff member for Greater Louisville Inc., was given two weeks to dispute or accept the findings.
Brazilian President Michel Temerhas been charged with accepting bribes and other offenses by Attorney General Rodrigo Janot.
The U.S. government hasn’t legalized marijuana and still classifies it as a Schedule I drug — with high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use and no safe use under medical supervision.
A few minutes after Zeigler accepted the request, though, O’Callaghan sent him a message.
The U.K. last week lost the first tussle of the Brexit talks after Davis accepted the EU’s schedule for the negotiations, which focuses on settling disputes over citizens and a financial settlement before turning to the trade deal May wants.
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Origin and Etymology of accept
Middle English accepten “to receive graciously, favor, approve of, judge worthy,” borrowed from Anglo-French accepter, borrowed from Medieval Latin acceptāre, going back to Latin, “to receive regularly, submit to, admit of,” frequentative of accipere “to take, receive, accept, learn, interpret,” from ad- ad- + capere “to take” — more at 1heave
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
ACCEPT Defined for Kids
Definition of accept for Students
1 : to receive or take willingly accept a gift accept as a member
2 : to agree to He accepted my invitation.
3 : to stop resisting accept change
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.
Legal Definition of accept
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 : 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 : to assume orally, in writing, or by conduct an obligation to pay accepting a draft
4 of a deliberative body : to receive (a report) officially (as from a committee)
1 : to receive favorably something offered —usually used with of no person…shall…accept of any present — U.S. Constitution art. I
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
acceptor\-tər\ play noun
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