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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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. See More
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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accept. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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

accept

transitive verb
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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