Definition of Accept in English :

Define Accept in English

Accept meaning in English

Meaning of Accept in English

Pronunciation of Accept in English

Accept pronunciation in English

Pronounce Accept in English


see synonyms of accept


1. accept

consider or hold as true

Example Sentences:
'I cannot accept the dogma of this church'
'accept an argument'

2. accept, have, take

receive willingly something given or offered

Example Sentences:
'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 for

give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

Example Sentences:
'I cannot accept your invitation'
'I go for this resolution'

4. accept

react favorably to; consider right and proper

Example Sentences:
'People did not accept atonal music at that time'
'We accept the idea of universal health care'

5. accept, admit, take, take on

admit into a group or community

Example Sentences:
'accept students for graduate study'
'We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member'

6. accept, assume, bear, take over

take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

Example Sentences:
'I'll accept the charges'
'She agreed to bear the responsibility'

7. accept, live with, swallow

tolerate or accommodate oneself to

Example Sentences:
'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, take

be designed to hold or take

Example Sentences:
'This surface will not take the dye'

9. accept

receive (a report) officially, as from a committee

10. accept, take

make use of or accept for some purpose

Example Sentences:
'take a risk'
'take an opportunity'

11. accept

be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

Example Sentences:
'The cow accepted the bull'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of accept
verb (mainly tr)
to take or receive (something offered)
to give an affirmative reply to
to accept an invitation
to take on the responsibilities, duties, etc, of
he accepted office
to tolerate or accommodate oneself to
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
to receive with approval or admit, as into a community, group, etc
8. business
to agree to pay (a bill, draft, shipping document, etc), esp by signing
to receive as adequate, satisfactory, or valid
to receive, take, or hold (something applied, inserted, etc)
11. (intransitive; sometimes foll by of) archaic
to take or receive an offer, invitation, etc

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see synonyms of accept
verb transitive
to take (what is offered or given); receive, esp. willingly
to receive favorably; approve
to accept a theory
to submit to; be resigned to
he had to accept defeat
to believe in
to understand as having a certain meaning
to respond to in the affirmative
to accept an invitation
to admit as a student, member, etc.
to agree to take the responsibilities of (a job, office, etc.)
to receive (a committee report) as satisfactory according to parliamentary procedure
10.  Business
to agree, as by a signed promise, to pay
11.  Law
to receive with intent to retain and adopt
verb intransitive
to accept something offered

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of accept
v. ac·cept·ed, ac·cept·ing, ac·cepts
a. To answer affirmatively: accept an invitation.
b. To agree to take (a duty or responsibility).
2. To receive (something offered), especially with gladness or approval: accepted a glass of water; accepted their contract.
3. To admit to a group, organization, or place: accepted me as a new member of the club.
a. To regard as proper, usual, or right: Such customs are widely accepted.
b. To regard as true; believe in: Scientists have accepted the new theory.
c. To understand as having a specific meaning.
5. To endure resignedly or patiently: accept one's fate.
6. To be able to hold (something applied or inserted): This wood will not accept oil paints.
7. To receive officially: accept the committee's report.
8. To consent to pay, as by a signed agreement.
9. To take payment in the form of: a store that does not accept checks.
10. Medicine To receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without immunological rejection.
To receive something, especially with favor. Often used with of.

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