accepted; accepting; accepts
: to receive (something offered) willingly
accept a gift
: to be able or designed to take or hold (something applied or added)
a surface that will not accept ink
: to give admittance or approval to
accept her as one of the group
: to endure without protest or reaction
accept poor living conditions
: to regard as proper, normal, or inevitable
an idea that is widely accepted
: to recognize as true : believe
refused to accept the explanation
: to make a favorable response to
accept an offer
: to agree to undertake (a responsibility)
accept a job
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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web After being accepted, the setbacks started quickly and kept coming. —Chris Quintana, USA Today, 1 June 2023 The veteran actress accepted the honor Tuesday while flanked by some of her most beloved costars, including her screen sisters from the groundbreaking 1993 family drama The Joy Luck Club. —Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 1 June 2023 Acknowledging damage and limited resource access complicates the following guidelines, here are some of the CDC’s tips: Shelters should accept everyone regardless of vaccination status or COVID-19 status and should separate those who may be sick from everyone else. —Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 31 May 2023 Workers who accept the contract will retain all employee benefits, and PTO remains the same, causing some to describe the move as progressive and creating flexibility for workers’ schedules. —David Meyer, Fortune, 31 May 2023 Those methods include firing about three-quarters of all employees, accepting money from the Taliban, not paying rent, and begging people to sign up for the Twitter Blue subscription plan. —Tori Otten, The New Republic, 31 May 2023 Mayo’s short-term goals are to get accepted to Arizona and compete in the 2028 Paralympics. —Matty Wasserman, BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2023 And it won't even be accepted on flights to Cuba, Europe, Israel, Qatar, or Australia. —Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 29 May 2023 The only places willing to accept anyone without exception are the unlicensed hotel rooms. —Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2023 See More
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