accept /əkˈsɛpt/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. consent to receive or undertake (something offered)

he accepted a pen as a present
she accepted a temporary post as a clerk.
2. give an affirmative answer to (an offer or proposal); say yes to

he would accept their offer and see what happened
[no obj.]
Tim offered Brian a lift home and he accepted.
‹dated› say yes to a proposal of marriage from (a man).

Reginald was a good match and she ought to accept him.
4. receive as adequate, valid, or suitable

the college accepted her as a student
credit cards are widely accepted.
5. regard favourably or with approval; welcome

the Irish never accepted him as one of them.
6. (of a thing) be designed to allow (something) to be inserted or applied

vending machines that accepted 100-yen coins for cans of beer.
7. believe or come to recognize (a proposition) as valid or correct

this tentative explanation came to be accepted by the men
[with clause]
it is accepted that ageing is a continuous process.
8. take upon oneself (a responsibility or liability); acknowledge

Jenkins is willing to accept his responsibility
[with clause]
he accepts that he made a mistake.
9. tolerate or submit to (something unpleasant or undesired)

they accepted the need to cut overheads.
II. derivatives


– origin late Middle English: from Latin acceptare, frequentative of accipere ‘take something to oneself’, from ad- ‘to’ + capere ‘take’.

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