What does accept mean?

Definitions for accept

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word accept.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. acceptverb

    consider or hold as true

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

  2. accept, take, haveverb

    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 forverb

    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

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

  4. acceptverb

    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 onverb

    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, assumeverb

    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, swallowverb

    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, takeverb

    be designed to hold or take

    "This surface will not take the dye"

  9. acceptverb

    receive (a report) officially, as from a committee

  10. take, acceptverb

    make use of or accept for some purpose

    "take a risk"; "take an opportunity"

  11. acceptverb

    be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

    "The cow accepted the bull"


  1. acceptverb

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

  2. acceptverb

    To admit to a place or a group.

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

  3. acceptverb

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

    I accept the fact that Christ lived.

  4. acceptverb

    To receive as adequate or satisfactory.

  5. acceptverb

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

    I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.

  6. acceptverb

    To endure patiently.

    I accept my punishment.

  7. acceptverb

    To agree to pay.

  8. acceptverb

    To receive officially

    to accept the report of a committee.

  9. acceptverb

    To receive something willingly.

    I accept.

  10. acceptadjective


  11. Etymology: * First attested about 1380.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ACCEPTverb

    Etymology: accipio, Lat. accepter, Fr.

    Neither do ye kindle fire on my altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand, Malachi, i. 10.

    Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but, in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts, x. 34, 35.

    You have been graciously pleased to accept this tender of my duty. John Dryden, Fables. Dedication to his.

    Charm by accepting, by submitting sway,
    Yet have your humour most when you obey. Alexander Pope.

    His promise Palamon accepts, but pray’d
    To keep it better than the first he made. John Dryden, Fables.

    He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons. Job, xiii. 10.

    I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me. Genesis, xxxii. 20.



    ACCEPT is a non-governmental organization that advocates for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Romania. It is based in Bucharest and also acts as the Romanian representative at ILGA-Europe. The organisation also advocates on behalf of individuals with HIV-AIDS and carries out several programs to encourage safe sex. ACCEPT was founded in 1996. At the time, the Article 200 from the Romanian legislation was in effect, which criminalised same-sex relationships and contributed to human rights violations, including police abuse against LGBT people. The main aim of ACCEPT, early in its history, was to lobby and campaign against this piece of legislation. ACCEPT had a decisive position in the repeal of Article 200 in 2001. Its role is recognized by everyone fighting for equality of LGBTs, including the European institutions, as it was awarded the 1999 EGALITE Prize in the European Commission, being also nominated for the Sakharov Prize of the same year by the European Parliament.Since 2004, ACCEPT has also been the organizer of GayFest (known today as Bucharest Pride), the yearly Romanian gay pride festival (complete with a pride march on its closing day). The first pride march took place in 2005. During 2005–2006, ACCEPT has published two periodical publications: Inklusiv, a bimonthly LGBT magazine, and ENOLA, a magazine designed for lesbians and bisexual women. Both were distributed throughout Romania (Inklusiv was free). Since 24 March 2008, the organization has also run "INFO ACCEPT", a hotline for LGBT support issues such as coming out, overcoming discrimination or questions regarding sexual orientation.


  1. accept

    To accept generally means to agree to receive or undertake something that is offered or proposed. It can also refer to believing in the truth or validity of something, consenting to a particular situation, or responding positively to something. Additionally, it can involve recognizing and willingly enduring a difficult or unpleasant situation.

  2. accept

    To accept means to agree to receive or undertake something that has been offered or presented. It can also mean to regard or consider something as true, valid, or appropriate. In the context of social interaction, acceptance involves receiving or welcoming someone willingly and without protest.

  3. accept

    To accept means to receive or agree to something willingly or approvingly. It can also refer to the act of believing in or acknowledging the truth or validity of something. In other contexts, it could also refer to welcoming or allowing someone to join a club or group.

  4. accept

    To accept generally means to receive or agree to something willingly or approvingly. This can include receiving a physical object, agreeing to a proposal or offer, recognizing truth or validity, or approving of a situation or condition. However, the exact meaning can vary depending on the context in which the term is used.

  5. accept

    To accept generally means to agree to receive, take or acknowledge something that is offered, proposed or presented to you. It can also refer to the act of believing in, approving, or recognizing something as valid, true or satisfactory. Additionally, it represents tolerance, embracing, or being able to accommodate certain situations or conditions.

  6. accept

    Accept generally refers to the act of taking or receiving something offered or given, or consenting to or approving something. It could also mean to regard or consider something as true, accurate or suitable. Acceptance can involve various contexts including social interactions, business deals, personal beliefs or behaviors.

  7. accept

    To accept generally means to consent to receive or undertake something that is offered or to recognize or regard something as valid or correct. It can also refer to agreeing to or believing in an idea or explanation.

  8. accept

    To accept generally means to receive or agree to something willingly, to admit or regard something as true or valid, or to accommodate or tolerate a certain situation or individual. Acceptance can also refer to the act of taking or receiving something with approval or favor. It may also imply consent or belief in certain circumstances or conditions.

  9. accept

    To accept generally means to agree to receive or undertake something that is offered or proposed. It also means to regard something as satisfactory, believable, or true. Besides these, the term can also imply consent or approval.

  10. accept

    To accept generally means to receive or agree to something willingly or with approval. This can pertain to receiving a physical object, agreeing to a proposal, acknowledging the truth or validity of something, or consenting to undertake a particular role or responsibility.

  11. accept

    To accept generally means to willingly receive, agree with, or acknowledge something. This could be in the context of accepting an invitation, a parcel, a fact, or someone's feelings or thoughts. It could also mean to approve or formally agree to something such as a proposal or plan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acceptverb

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

  2. Acceptverb

    to receive with favor; to approve

  3. Acceptverb

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

  4. Acceptverb

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

  5. Acceptverb

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

  6. Acceptverb

    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. Acceptadjective



  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Accept

    ak-sept′, v.t. to receive: to agree to: to promise to pay: (B.) to receive with favour.—adj. Acceptable (ak-sept′a-bl, or ak′sept-a-bl), to be accepted: pleasing: agreeable.—ns. Accept′ableness, Acceptabil′ity, quality of being acceptable.—adv. Accept′ably.ns. Accept′ance, a favourable reception: an agreeing to terms: an accepted bill; Accept′ancy, willingness to receive; Accept′ant, one who accepts—also adj.; Acceptā′tion, a kind reception: the received meaning of a word; Accept′er, Accept′or, one who accepts. [L. acceptāreaccipĕre, acceptumad, to, capĕre, to take.]

Editors Contribution

  1. accept

    To agree.

    We do accept the universal truth that we are all a united humanity and universe working in unity and partnership to achieve optimum health, human rights and shared prosperity for all on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

  2. accept

    To resonate as true.

    She did not accept the way things were being said as she knew the truth was important so she spoke it with humility.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accept in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accept in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of accept in a Sentence

  1. Fatma Antar:

    When is this going to stop, when do we stop hating each other? we’ve been here 37 years -- we are senior citizens of this town. I respect people’s choices about their faith -- why don’t people who make threats accept our choices?

  2. Machine Gun Kelly:

    I want to accept this for all the aspiring musicians, the one who desires to play an instrument, wants to rap, wants to sing — not just the rock artists, but all the artists.

  3. Thomas Bach:

    The athletes...will have to accept the Olympic standards during the next year prior to the Games and of course during the Games the first five will be tested on top of the random-testing and the targeted-testing during the Olympic period, i can only encourage the PGA Tour to follow and finally accept the WADA code and to be compliant with this so you have a harmonized anti-doping regime there for all the golf players and you have a ... level playing field for all golfers.

  4. Bernadino Leon:

    So this dialogue should be based on respect. And we have agreed tonight that this respect will mean that the representatives from this house will be attending the dialogue considering themselves representatives of the GNC, but they will accept that these talks will have different views.

  5. Robert Chesney:

    If you accept that this guy was planning operations to kill Americans, that provides the authority to respond.

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