Definition of accept in English:


Line breaks: ac¦cept
Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛpt


[with object]
  • 1Consent to receive or undertake (something offered): he accepted a pen as a present she accepted a temporary post as a clerk
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    • Each individual job seeker approaches the job search in unique ways, so too will each one of you use your personal approach to accepting a job offer.
    • 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.
    receive, agree to receive, welcome, take, take receipt of, get, gain, obtain, acquire, come by
  • 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 accepted
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    • 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): Reginald was a good match and she ought to accept him
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    • 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 accepted
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    • 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 favourably or with approval; welcome: the Irish never accepted him as one of them
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    • 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?
    welcome, greet, let in, receive, receive favourably, embrace, offer friendship to, adopt, integrate
  • 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 beer
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    • 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.



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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'.

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