Verb accept Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


accept (third-person singular simple present accepts, present participle accepting, simple past and past participle accepted)

  1. (transitive) To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
  2. (transitive) To admit to a place or a group.
  3. (transitive) To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.
  4. (transitive) To receive as adequate or satisfactory.
  5. (transitive) To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.
  6. (transitive) To endure patiently.
  7. (transitive, law, business) To agree to pay.
  8. (transitive) To receive officially.
  9. (intransitive) To receive something willingly.

More definition: take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor, to accept a present; to accept a proposal. agree or consent to; accede to, to accept a treaty; to accept an apology. respond or answer affirmatively to, to accept an invitation. undertake the responsibility, duties, honors, etc., of, to accept the office of president. receive or admit formally, as to a college or club. accommodate or reconcile oneself to, to accept the situation. regard as true or sound; believe, to accept a claim; to accept Catholicism. regard as normal, suitable, or usual. receive as to meaning; understand.

10.Commerce. to acknowledge, by signature, as calling for payment, and thus to agree to pay, as a draft. 1
1.(in a deliberative body) to receive as an adequate performance of the duty with which an officer or a committee has been charged; receive for further action, The report of the committee was accepted.1 receive or contain (something attached, inserted, etc.), This socket won't accept a three-pronged plug.1 receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without adverse reaction. Compare reject (def 7).
1 accept an invitation, gift, position, etc. (sometimes followed by of).

1. to take or receive (something offered)

2. to give an affirmative reply to, to accept an invitation

3. to take on the responsibilities, duties, etc, of, he accepted office

4. to tolerate or accommodate oneself to

5. to consider as true or believe in (a philosophy, theory, etc), I cannot accept your argument

6. (may take a clause as object) to be willing to grant or believe, you must accept that he lied

7. to receive with approval or admit, as into a community, group, etc

8. (commerce) to agree to pay (a bill, draft, shipping document, etc), esp by signing

9. to receive as adequate, satisfactory, or valid

10. to receive, take, or hold (something applied, inserted, etc)1
1. (archaic) (intransitive) sometimes foll by of. to take or receive an offer, invitation, etc Derived Formsaccepter, noun Word OriginC14, from Latin acceptāre, from ad- to + capere to takeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., "to take what is offered," from Old French accepter (14c.) or directly from Latin acceptare "take or receive willingly," frequentative of accipere "receive," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + capere "to take" (see capable). Related, Accepted; accepting.


Sometimes we have to accept change, if we want to move forward.

It looks like I'll have to accept your invitation to spend the night, but I'll pay you as soon as I get my things.

Maybe she should accept a few dates now and then.

Maybe it was brash and immature, even careless, but she intended to accept his proposal - even knowing as little as she did about him.

His eyes expressed approval and the thin lips twitched in what she had grown to accept as a smile - fleeting as it was.

She recognized this trait and would accept rules she herself would never be able to make.

It's okay, Dusty, I'll accept that fate.

With regret, she realized her father was right: no one could accept someone like her.

We've eliminated every other type of food, and the drugs might help you accept that you cannot eat.

You must accept me.

The more he tried to accept the idea, the harder it became to swallow.

You were ready to accept that fact already.

There's nothing else on the planet that forces you to really see and accept who you are as the day the doctor says you're dying.

The human mind is quick to find excuses to accept such things.

However, if they are getting wealthier over time, even if the rich are getting wealthier faster, the poor will tend to accept the system more.

They laid their treasures at my feet, and I accepted them as we accept the sunshine and the love of our friends.

As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them.

We ought to accept this terrible necessity sternly and seriously.

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