Definition of acceptance in English:

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Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛpt(ə)ns/


[mass noun]
1The action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered: charges involving the acceptance of bribes
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  • Typically courteous, he began his acceptance speech by offering copious thanks to all and sundry.
  • The commentary was her acceptance speech upon receiving the American Psychological Society's William James Fellow Award.
  • While Dr Mullins has received irrevocable acceptances of his offer from shareholders, owning 36% of the company, it is now considered a near certainty that the buyout will fail.
receipt, receiving, taking, obtaining, acquiring
undertaking, taking on, assumption, tackling
yes, affirmative reply, affirmation, confirmation, ratification
1.1 [count noun] A draft or bill of exchange that is accepted by being signed: a banker’s acceptance
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  • The markets for bills of exchange and bankers' acceptances are simply too small to be of any use.
  • Taxable funds mainly invest in U.S. Treasury securities, government agency securities, repurchase agreements, CDs, commercial paper and bankers' acceptances.
  • Other fixed-interest investments such as T-bills, bankers' acceptances and certificates of deposit are also popular.
2The process or fact of being received as adequate, valid, or suitable: you must wait for acceptance into the village
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  • While few would question that a married couple and their dependent children form a family unit, others receive less uniform social acceptance.
  • All parents want happiness for their children, and social acceptance is a critical factor at any age.
  • What we see as cultural acceptance might in fact be cultural imperialism - in the same way that Indian tea has long been seen as an English drink.
welcome, welcoming, favourable reception, embracing, embrace, approval, adoption, integration
3Agreement with or belief in an idea or explanation: acceptance of the teaching of the Church
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  • In our age, the term has become almost synonymous with an irrational acceptance of beliefs for which we lack evidence.
  • ‘Due to the very favourable acceptance of the idea by the French people, the holiday is now celebrated all over the world,’ said Venkova.
  • ‘Very good, that one,’ he reiterates his acceptance of my ideas.
credence (in), belief (in), trust (in), confidence (in), faith (in), reliance (on), dependence (on), traction;
3.1Willingness to tolerate a difficult situation: a mood of resigned acceptance
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  • His resigned acceptance of the situations in which the plot places him is a masterpiece of understated comedy acting and very, very effective.
  • Instead, she underscores the importance of the players acceptance of difficult challenges in the name of promoting something they believe in.
  • But, what was intended as an evening of educating the public seemed to result in a call for mobilisation rather than sedate acceptance of situation.
toleration, endurance, sufferance, forbearance;
putting up with


Mid 16th century: from Old French, from accepter (see accept).

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