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Definition of accept verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they accept
    he / she / it accepts
    past simple accepted
    -ing form accepting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to willingly take something that is offered; to say “yes” to an offer, invitation, etc. He asked me to marry him and I accepted. accept something Please accept our sincere apologies. It was pouring rain so I accepted his offer of a ride. She decided not to accept the job. Please accept this small token of my appreciation. accept something from somebody He was charged with accepting bribes from his suppliers. accept something for something She said she'd accept $15 for it. opposite refuse1
  2. receive as suitable
  3. 2[transitive] to receive something as suitable or good enough accept something This machine only accepts coins. Will you accept a check? accept something for something My article has been accepted for publication.
  4. agree
  5. 3[transitive] to agree to or approve of something accept something They accepted the court's decision. He accepted all the changes we proposed. Everything about the child's adoption was against accepted practice. accept something from somebody She won't accept advice from anyone. opposite reject Thesaurusagreeaccept approve go along with somebody/something consentThese words all mean to say that you will do what someone wants or that you will allow something to happen.agree to say that you will do what someone wants or that you will allow something to happen:He agreed to let me go early.accept to be satisfied with something that has been done, decided, or suggested:They accepted the court's decision.approve to officially agree to a plan, suggestion, or request:The committee unanimously approved the plan.go along with somebody/something to agree to something that someone else has decided; to agree with someone else's ideas:He just goes along with everything she suggests.consent (formal) to agree to something or give your permission for something:She finally consented to be interviewed.Patterns to agree/consent to something to agree/consent to do something to agree to/accept/approve/go along with/consent to a plan/proposal to agree to/accept/approve a request
  6. responsibility
  7. 4[transitive] accept something to admit that you are responsible or to blame for something He accepts full responsibility for what happened. You have to accept the consequences of your actions.
  8. believe
  9. 5[transitive] to believe that something is true accept something I don't accept his version of events. accept something as something Can we accept his account as the true version? accept that… I accept that this will not be popular. I am not prepared to accept that this decision is final. It is generally accepted that people are motivated by success. be accepted to be/have something The Northeast is generally accepted to have some of the best colleges in the country.
  10. difficult situation
  11. 6[transitive] to continue in a difficult situation without complaining, because you realize that you cannot change it accept something You just have to accept the fact that we're never going to be rich. Nothing will change as long as the workers continue to accept these terrible conditions. accept something as something They accept the risks as part of the job. accept that… He just refused to accept that his father was no longer there.
  12. welcome
  13. 7[transitive] to make someone feel welcome and part of a group accept somebody It may take years to be completely accepted by the local community. accept somebody into something She had never been accepted into what was essentially a man's world. accept somebody as something He never really accepted her as his own child. opposite reject
  14. allow someone to join
  15. 8[transitive] to allow someone to join an organization, attend an institution, use a service, etc. accept somebody The college he applied to has accepted him. accept somebody into something She was disappointed not to be accepted into the club. accept somebody as something The landlord was willing to accept us as tenants. accept somebody to do something She was accepted to study music. opposite reject
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