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[ak-sept] /ækˈsɛpt/
verb (used with object)
to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor:
to accept a present; to accept a proposal.
to agree or consent to; accede to:
to accept a treaty; to accept an apology.
to respond or answer affirmatively to:
to accept an invitation.
to undertake the responsibility, duties, honors, etc., of:
to accept the office of president.
to receive or admit formally, as to a college or club.
to accommodate or reconcile oneself to:
to accept the situation.
to regard as true or sound; believe:
to accept a claim; to accept Catholicism.
to regard as normal, suitable, or usual.
to receive as to meaning; understand.
Commerce. to acknowledge, by signature, as calling for payment, and thus to agree to pay, as a draft.
(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.
to receive or contain (something attached, inserted, etc.):
This socket won't accept a three-pronged plug.
to receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without adverse reaction.
Compare reject (def 7).
verb (used without object)
to accept an invitation, gift, position, etc. (sometimes followed by of).
Origin of accept
1350-1400; Middle English accepten < Middle French accepter < Latin acceptare, equivalent to ac- ac- + -cep- take, combining form of cap- + -t- frequentative suffix
Related forms
preaccept, verb
reaccept, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
accept, except (see synonym study at except)
2. concede. 7. acknowledge.
1. reject.
Usage note
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). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for accept
  • If the e-files you receive are not locked, you will be able to accept or reject the editor's tracked changes.
  • In order to access our site, your Web browser must accept cookies.
  • Every school has the right to accept or decline your transfer of credits.
  • Many recycling centers do not accept plastic lids, tops and caps.
  • The bonus is, however, that a publisher is inclined to accept a second book from such an author.
  • We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail.
  • It's the other changes that will take time to accept.
  • We cannot accept digital files.
  • People will accept that you don't know the answer.
  • They each returned to the podium later to accept comedy-acting honors.
British Dictionary definitions for accept


verb (mainly transitive)
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
(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
(commerce) 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)
(archaic) (intransitive) sometimes foll by of. to take or receive an offer, invitation, etc
Derived Forms
accepter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin acceptāre, from ad- to + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for accept

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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accept in Technology
library, networking
Berkeley Unix networking socket library routine to satisfy a connection request from a remote host. A specified socket on the local host (which must be capable of accepting the connection) is connected to the requesting socket on the remote host. The remote socket's socket address is returned.
Unix manual pages: accept(2), connect(2).
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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