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 In November, the NRA agreed to pay $2.5 million and accept a five-year ban on marketing insurance in the state. Paul J. Weber And Michael R. Sisak, Chron, "NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas," 16 Jan. 2021 And some experts expect that states and countries currently requiring negative Covid-19 test results for incoming travelers will eventually also accept vaccination records. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Microsoft, Oracle and and other tech giants team up Covid-19 vaccine 'passports'," 16 Jan. 2021 The far-right groups, which don’t accept the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump, could become more aggressive in the coming months after security is lowered, the watchdogs and ex-officials said. Alan Cullison, WSJ, "Solo Extremists Might Pose Higher Risk Than Organized Groups," 16 Jan. 2021 Ambulances circle for hours, unable to find ERs that can accept patients. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "In LA, ambulances circle for hours and ICUs are full. Is this what Covid-19 has in store for the rest of the country?," 15 Jan. 2021 Burrow could only hold on to the football and accept his fate. cleveland, "See the best photos from every Cleveland Browns game in this remarkable 2020-21 season," 15 Jan. 2021 Udermann noted that some of Maluchnik's campaign contributions came from sources outside the county and included donations from unions, which Udermann said his own campaign did not accept. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Outgoing Carver County commissioner spent years fighting for the underdog," 14 Jan. 2021 Moore can interview for and accept any HC opportunity at own discretion. Dallas News, "Source: Eagles request interview with Cowboys OC Kellen Moore for their head coaching vacancy," 14 Jan. 2021 As a drummer with substance-abuse issues who can’t accept his sudden hearing loss, Ahmed is simply shattering. New York Times, "Can Anyone Beat Chadwick Boseman for the Best-Actor Oscar?," 13 Jan. 2021

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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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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Accept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accept. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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 accept (audio) \ noun
accepter or acceptor \ -​tər How to pronounce accept (audio) \ noun

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