Accept and except are sometimes confused as verbs because of their similar pronunciations, especially in rapid speech. Accept means “to take or receive” (I accept this trophy), while except means “to exclude” (Certain types of damage are excepted from coverage in this insurance policy).
mid-14c., "to take what is offered," from O.Fr. accepter (14c.), from L. acceptare "take or receive willingly," freq. of acceptus, pp. of accipere "receive," from ad- "to" + capere "to take" (see capable).