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 of a heart more disposed to accept of his— Jane Austen

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Synonyms & Antonyms for accept

Synonyms

have, take

Antonyms

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

She's learned death is something to accept, embrace, and, in certain circumstances, overcome. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Arya Stark Is the Only Character Who Could've Killed the Night King on Game of Thrones," 1 May 2019 Grubb accepts that politicians are unlikely to question economic growth any time soon. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 There were 140 Iraqis accepted during the just-ended budget year, down from 6,886 the year before. Fox News, "Trump refugee policy leaves thousands stranded outside US," 7 Oct. 2018 While accepting the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Funny TV Show, Candace made quite the passionate speech about what family means to their cast. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Did Candace Cameron Bure Just Make a Public Statement About Lori Loughlin?," 25 Mar. 2019 Others submitted early decision applications; early decision is a binding program that requires applicants to pledge their attendance to a school if accepted. James Wellemeyer, Teen Vogue, "Applying to College Early Is a Privilege Not Every Student Can Afford," 20 Mar. 2019 But when Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney accepted the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling for Vice, things got a little weird. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Awkward Moments From the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Even if the court accepts that the dance is copyrightable and the plaintiffs hold the relevant copyrights, there’s still the question of whether game designers violated those copyrights. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 There will be a group of people who will never become accepting of his nomination. Fox News, "Daines slams Dems' 'desperation tactics' against Kavanaugh," 24 Sep. 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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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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