Definitions for acceptækˈsɛpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to take or receive (something offered).

  2. to receive with approval or favor:

    to accept a proposal.

  3. to receive or admit as adequate or satisfactory:

    to accept an apology.

  4. to respond or answer affirmatively to:

    to accept an invitation.

  5. to undertake the duties, responsibilities, or honors of:

    to accept the office of president.

  6. to admit formally, as to a college or club.

  7. to accommodate or reconcile oneself to:

    to accept the situation.

  8. to regard as true or sound; believe.

  9. to regard as normal, suitable, or usual.

  10. to receive as to meaning; understand.

  11. to agree to pay, as a draft.

    Category: Business

  12. to receive or contain (something attached, inserted, etc.):

    This socket won't accept a three-pronged plug.

  13. to receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without adverse reaction.

    Category: Medicine

    Ref: Compare reject (def. 7). 7

  14. (v.i.)to accept an invitation, gift, position, etc. (sometimes fol. by of).

Origin of accept:

1350–1400; ME < MF accepter < L acceptāre, freq. of accipere to receive = ac- ac - +-cipere,capere to take


Princeton's WordNet

  1. accept(verb)

    consider or hold as true

    "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"

  2. accept, take, have(verb)

    receive willingly something given or offered

    "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"

  3. accept, consent, go for(verb)

    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

    "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"

  4. accept(verb)

    react favorably to; consider right and proper

    "People did not accept atonal music at that time"; "We accept the idea of universal health care"

  5. accept, admit, take, take on(verb)

    admit into a group or community

    "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"

  6. bear, take over, accept, assume(verb)

    take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

    "I'll accept the charges"; "She agreed to bear the responsibility"

  7. accept, live with, swallow(verb)

    tolerate or accommodate oneself to

    "I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"; "I swallowed the insult"; "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"

  8. accept, take(verb)

    be designed to hold or take

    "This surface will not take the dye"

  9. accept(verb)

    receive (a report) officially, as from a committee

  10. take, accept(verb)

    make use of or accept for some purpose

    "take a risk"; "take an opportunity"

  11. accept(verb)

    be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

    "The cow accepted the bull"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. accept(verb)ækˈsɛpt

    ≠ refuse

    to accept a gift

  2. acceptækˈsɛpt

    ≠ turn down

    She accepted a ride home.; Did he accept the job?

  3. acceptækˈsɛpt

    ≠ deny

    You have to accept that you're getting older.

  4. acceptækˈsɛpt

    to admit you did sth wrong

    The company accepts the blame for the accident.

  5. acceptækˈsɛpt

    to recognize that sth is your responsibility

    people who accept responsibility for their actions

  6. acceptækˈsɛpt

    ≠ reject

    She's been accepted at three good schools.; They were never accepted by the community.


  1. accept(Verb)

    To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.

  2. accept(Verb)

    To admit to a place or a group.

    The boy scouts were going to accept him as a member.

  3. accept(Verb)

    To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.

    I accept the fact that Christ lived.

  4. accept(Verb)

    To receive as adequate or satisfactory.

  5. accept(Verb)

    To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.

    I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.

  6. accept(Verb)

    To endure patiently.

    I accept my punishment.

  7. accept(Verb)

    To agree to pay.

  8. accept(Verb)

    To receive officially

    to accept the report of a committee.

  9. accept(Verb)

    To receive something willingly.

    I accept.

  10. accept(Adjective)


  11. Origin: * First attested about 1380.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accept(verb)

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

  2. Accept(verb)

    to receive with favor; to approve

  3. Accept(verb)

    to receive or admit and agree to; to assent to; as, I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse

  4. Accept(verb)

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

  5. Accept(verb)

    to receive as obligatory and promise to pay; as, to accept a bill of exchange

  6. Accept(verb)

    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.]

  7. Accept(adj)



  1. Accept

    Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes. Their beginnings can be traced back to the late 1960s. The band played an important role in the development of speed metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene, which emerged in the early to mid-1980s. Following their disbandment in 1997 and short-lived reunion in 2005, Accept reunited again in 2009 with former T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo replacing Dirkschneider and released their two highest charting albums to date, Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad. They have sold over 17 million albums worldwide.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accept' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1089

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accept' in Written Corpus Frequency: #858

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accept' in Verbs Frequency: #112

Translations for accept

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to take (something offered)

He accepted the gift.

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