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Meaning of accept by Wiktionary Dictionary





    accept ( third-person singular simple present accepts present participle accepting, simple past and past participle accepted )

    1. ( transitive ) To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
    2. ( transitive ) To admit to a place or a group .
      The boy scouts were going to accept him as a member .
    3. ( transitive ) To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in .
      I accept the fact that Christ lived .
    4. ( transitive ) To receive as adequate or satisfactory .
    5. ( transitive ) To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to .
      I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse .
    6. ( transitive ) To endure patiently .
      I accept my punishment .
    7. ( transitive, law, business ) To agree to pay .
    8. ( transitive ) To receive officially
      to accept the report of a committee .
    9. ( intransitive ) To receive something willingly .
      I accept .


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    • acceptant
    • acceptation
    • acceptilation
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    1. ( obsolete ) Accepted.

Explanation of accept by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. tolerate or accommodate oneself to

    2. I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions
    3. consider or hold as true

    4. I cannot accept the dogma of this church
      accept an argument
    5. be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

    6. The cow accepted the bull
    7. react favorably to

    8. People did not accept atonal music at that time
      We accept the idea of universal health care
    9. give an affirmative reply to

    10. I cannot accept your invitation
    11. make use of or accept for some purpose

    12. receive ( a report ) officially, as from a committee

    13. receive willingly something given or offered

    14. Please accept my present
    15. admit into a group or community

    16. accept students for graduate study
    17. take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

    18. I'll accept the charges
    19. be designed to hold or take

    Definition of accept by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Accept ( ăksĕpt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accepted; p. pr. & vb. n. Accepting.] [F. accepter, L. acceptare, freq. of accipere; ad + capere to take; akin to E. heave.]

      1. To receive with a consenting mind ( something offered ); as, “to accept a gift”; -- often followed by of.

      If you accept them, then their worth is great. Shak.

      To accept of ransom for my son. Milton.

      She accepted of a treat. Addison.

      2. To receive with favor; to approve.

      The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice. Ps. xx. 3.

      Peradventure he will accept of me. Gen. xxxii. 20.

      3. To receive or admit and agree to; to assent to; as, “I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse”.

      4. To take by the mind; to understand; as, How are these words to be accepted?

      5. ( Com. ) To receive as obligatory and promise to pay; as, “to accept a bill of exchange”. Bouvier.

      6. In a deliberate body, to receive in acquittance of a duty imposed; as, “to accept the report of a committee”. [This makes it the property of the body, and the question is then on its adoption.]

      To accept a bill ( Law ), to agree ( on the part of the drawee ) to pay it when due. -- To accept service ( Law ), to agree that a writ or process shall be considered as regularly served, when it has not been. -- To accept the person ( Eccl. ), to show favoritism. “God accepteth no man's person.” Gal. ii. 6.

      Syn. -- To receive; take; admit. See Receive.

    2. Accept, a. Accepted. [Obs.] Shak.