ac·​cept | \ik-ˈsept, 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 of a heart more disposed to accept of his— Jane Austen

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Synonyms & Antonyms for accept


have, take


decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, refuse, reject, spurn, turn down, veto

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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

Most of us have a license from Africa, but the board here doesn’t accept it. Jan Hefler,, "$18,000 in tuition and 1,200 hours of study for a license to braid hair? New Jersey lawmakers say no," 13 July 2018 If there’s old baggage here and either Annie or Bonnie tries to hand it back to you by way of explanation for the current rift, then decline to accept it. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "2 adult daughters move back home, but only 1 pays rent," 12 July 2018 Both services have long accepted Venmo rival Apple Pay in their apps. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Uber and Uber Eats to Accept Venmo for Payments," 12 July 2018 So far Francis has accepted the resignations of five bishops. Fox News, "Chilean priest accused of sexually abusing minors arrested," 12 July 2018 But Prime Minister Theresa May’s new vision has already prompted two top cabinet ministers to resign, and the European Union seems unlikely to accept it. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?," 11 July 2018 West Aurora School District has accepted a nearly $3.9 million general contractor bid for construction of a technical education facility. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora OKs nearly $3.9 million bid for construction of career development center," 11 July 2018 The district can accept cash or checks, but not gift cards. Ramona Sentinel, "Vandals ransack classrooms at James Dukes Elementary School," 11 July 2018 The county does not pick up stray or feral cats but will accept them for a $96 fee each. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Pets scared by Fourth of July fireworks flood animal shelters," 5 July 2018

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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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ac·​cept | \ik-ˈsept, 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- \

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-​ \ noun
accepter or acceptor \ -​tər \ noun

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something that serves to warn or remind

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