accept

verb
ac·​cept | \ ik-ˈsept How to pronounce accept (audio) , ak- also ek- \
accepted; accepting; accepts

Definition of accept

transitive verb

1a : to receive (something offered) 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
3a : to endure without protest or reaction accept poor living conditions
b : to regard as proper, normal, or inevitable an idea that is widely accepted
c : to recognize as true : believe refused to accept the explanation
4a : 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 of a deliberative body : to receive (a legislative report) officially

intransitive verb

: to receive favorably something offered usually used with ofa heart more disposed to accept of his— Jane Austen

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The president is scheduled to formally accept the nomination for a second term on Thursday in a speech from the South Lawn of the White House, an unprecedented venue for an acceptance speech. Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Defends Virus Response While GOP Makes Fear an Early Theme," 28 Aug. 2020 Trump, who is expected to accept the Republican nomination at the White House on Thursday, also faced scrutiny over the legality of participating from the White House. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "DHS employees receive Hatch Act warning after Chad Wolf appearance at RNC," 27 Aug. 2020 Tonight's the grand finale of the Republican National Convention, and Trump is expected to take center stage at the White House to formally accept his party's nomination for president. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Laura brings 'destruction everywhere'," 27 Aug. 2020 Criticism or no, President Trump is scheduled to formally accept his party's nomination tonight from the White House lawn. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for August 27: Police violence, Laura, RNC, coronavirus, New Zealand," 27 Aug. 2020 As President Trump prepares this week to accept the Republican nomination for president for a second time, new campaign-finance records shed light on the sheer magnitude of his operation. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Re-Election Campaign Dwarfs 2016 Effort," 25 Aug. 2020 Trump is to formally accept the Republican nomination for a second term from the White House on Thursday. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland GOP got ‘special use’ permit allowing Pence to give convention speech on national park land," 21 Aug. 2020 The Trump event took place hours before Biden was set to accept the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "Pennsylvania voters tell Lawrence Jones why they oppose Biden: 'He had 40 years to make it right here'," 21 Aug. 2020 As Biden prepares to formally accept the nomination of his party on Thursday, Mr. Trump took his multi-state bid to upstage the Democratic National Convention to Biden's Pennsylvania hometown, reports CBS News campaign reporter Alex Tin. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Most Americans support more funding for Postal Service to handle mail-in ballots, poll finds," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of accept

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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 heave entry 1

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The first known use of accept was in the 14th century

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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accept. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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accept

verb
ac·​cept | \ ik-ˈsept How to pronounce accept (audio) , ak- \
accepted; accepting

Kids Definition of accept

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
ac·​cept | \ ik-ˈsept, ak- How to pronounce accept (audio) \

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

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

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)

intransitive verb

1 : to receive favorably something offered usually used with of no person…shall…accept of any presentU.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

Other Words from accept

acceptance \ ik-​ˈsep-​təns, ak-​ How to pronounce acceptance (audio) \ noun
accepter or acceptor \ -​tər How to pronounce acceptor (audio) \ noun

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