- 1Consent to receive (a thing offered): he accepted a pen as a presentMore example sentences
- He was delighted when Edinburgh Council agreed to accept the nativity scene sculpture and to display it in such a prominent position.
- For me, that moment was walking up the steps to the podium to accept the World Cup at home in Paris.
- Finally, she meets her secret friend face-to-face, accepts the book and thanks him for all he has done for David.
- 1.1Give an affirmative answer to (an offer or proposal); say yes to: he would accept their offer and see what happened [no object]: Tim offered Brian a lift home and he acceptedMore example sentences
- The proposal was accepted and a policy was issued by Powell on behalf of the Defendants.
- If he accepts the proposal, the NIU would be left with only nine members and would lose its status as a group.
- The type of train system - the options include elevated, ground, monorail, light rail - would be decided before accepting proposals, he said.
- 1.2 • dated Say yes to a proposal of marriage from (a man): Ronald is a good match and she ought to accept himMore example sentences
- If I did that that would be as good as accepting him in marriage and I would never marry without love.
- She prefers her other suitor, George Neville, but when Griffith loses his inheritance for her sake she accepts him, hoping for a contented marriage without undue submission.
- Jane accepts Edward Rochester's hand in marriage, they linger in the garden for a few more moments, kissing.
- 1.3Receive as adequate, valid, or suitable: the college accepted her as a student credit cards are widely acceptedMore example sentences
- Other American students who have not yet been accepted to college use a gap year specifically to build their resumes.
- He's just going through the motions, like a high school senior who's already been accepted to college.
- Katie Charing, currently on a gap year, has been accepted into Somerville College, Oxford to study English.
- 1.4Regard favorably or with approval; welcome: the Harvard literati never accepted him as one of themMore example sentences
welcome, greet, receive, receive favorably, embrace, adopt
- I love the people at my church; they have welcomed me and accepted me as one of their own very quickly.
- And, marvelously, he accepts us and welcomes us to his table of grace.
- Gee, does that mean I'm accepted into your approved pigpen of the cognoscenti?
- 1.5(Of a thing) be designed to allow (something) to be inserted or applied: vending machines that accepted 100-yen coins for cans of beerMore example sentences
- However, she said it would still accept debit cards and allow transactions to be made through other card readers in the store.
- It also accepts pre Euro coins and both can be left at the Pet Proud shop in Eyre Street, Newbridge.
- The phone would not accept the card in any direction we inserted it.
- 2Believe or come to recognize (an opinion, explanation, etc.) as valid or correct: this tentative explanation came to be accepted by the group [with clause]: it is accepted that aging is a continuous processMore example sentences
believe, regard as true, give credence to, credit, trust• informal buy, swallowestablished, traditional, orthodox, sanctioned; usual, customary, habitual, common, current, normal, general, prevailing, accustomed, familiar, wonted, popular, well-established, expected, routine, standard, stock
- For my part I would accept those propositions as broadly correct.
- He accepts the proposition that he instinctively warms to people he perceives as battlers against the system.
- Yet if we accept the proposition that we live in a global economy, we need to consider how we're going to make our voices heard.
- 2.1Take upon oneself (a responsibility or liability); acknowledge: Jenkins is willing to accept his responsibility [with clause]: he accepts that he made a mistakeMore example sentences
- It was a shameful thing for Jim to admit, but he accepted responsibility for what he had done.
- Surely any deficiency in the Pension Fund was the sole responsibility of the Wiltshire County Council and they should have accepted liability.
- And he came forward and immediately confessed and accepted his responsibility.
- 2.2Tolerate or submit to (something unpleasant or undesired): they accepted the need to cut expensesMore example sentences
- He accepted their silence tolerantly and moved in to stand beside Kaezik.
- We're not accepting or tolerating homophobia, xenophobia, racism, any of that.
- Many things that were not to be tolerated in a civilised society in 1968 are now accepted - if not always welcomed.
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- Decliners were more likely than accepters to believe that screening could help (92% v 74%; difference in percentages 18% (95% confidence interval 5% to 31%); P = 0.007).
- The simple loss of eggs from nests is not sufficient evidence that they were mistakenly rejected, because birds, including accepters, regularly lose some but not all of their eggs.
- They were formative Nazis, active SS men and unregenerate accepters of post-war Nazi gold.
late Middle English: from Latin acceptare, frequentative of accipere 'take something to oneself', from ad- 'to' + capere 'take'.
Accept, which means ‘take (that which is offered),’ may be confused with the verb except, which means ‘exclude.’ Thus: I accept the terms of your offer, but I wish to except the clause calling for repayment of the deposit .