ac·​cept·​ed ik-ˈsep-təd How to pronounce accepted (audio)
: regarded favorably : given approval or acceptance
a fully accepted member of the group
especially : generally approved or used
an accepted convention/practice
a widely accepted theory
acceptedly adverb

Examples of accepted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He’s submitted several accepted emoji proposals to the Unicode Consortium. Jay Peters, The Verge, 16 Nov. 2023 His aestheticized spin on things was permitted to become the accepted truth. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 29 Oct. 2023 The card offers 3% cash back on purchases made through PayPal, which is an accepted payment method at millions of merchants. Ben Luthi,, 8 Nov. 2023 An employer’s failure to provide proper protective equipment, while a violation of industrial safety law, is not an accepted reason for a job transfer. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2023 The strike is also testing the accepted wisdom of movie marketing. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 According to this accepted wisdom, containment won the Cold War, allowing the United States to check the power of the Soviet Union without engaging in a direct war with it. John Mueller, Foreign Affairs, 21 Sep. 2023 By 2019, long before the issue had become an accepted topic of academic study, the migration to lower numbers occurred, with ESPN determining that 79.4% of receivers in its player database wore numbers 10 to 19. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Climate change evolved from an academic theory to an accepted, existential threat. Ian Malone, Vogue, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from past participle of accepten "to accept"

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accepted was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Accepted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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