Definition of accept verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əkˈsept//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsept//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they accept
    BrE BrE//əkˈsept//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsept//
    he / she / it accepts
    BrE BrE//əkˈsepts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsepts//
    past simple accepted
    BrE BrE//əkˈseptɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈseptɪd//
    past participle accepted
    BrE BrE//əkˈseptɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈseptɪd//
    -ing form accepting
    BrE BrE//əkˈseptɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈseptɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to take willingly 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 with rain so I accepted his offer of a lift. She's decided not to accept the job. Please accept this small token of my appreciation. accept something from somebody He is charged with accepting bribes from a firm of suppliers. accept something for something She said she'd accept $15 for it. opposite refuse1 See related entries: Business deals
  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 cheque? 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 Synonymsagreeaccept approve go along with somebody/​something consentThese words all mean to say that you will do what somebody wants or that you will allow something to happen.agree to say that you will do what somebody 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 (rather informal) to agree to something that somebody else has decided; to agree with somebody else’s ideas:She just goes along with everything he suggests.consent (rather formal) to agree to something or give your permission for something:She finally consented to answer our questions.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 accepted that… It is generally accepted that people are motivated by success. it is accepted to be, have, etc. something The workforce is generally accepted to have the best conditions in Europe.
  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 appalling 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 somebody 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 somebody to join
  15. 8  [transitive] to allow somebody 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
  16. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin acceptare, frequentative of accipere ‘take something to oneself’, from ad- ‘to’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples He would not accept my advice. He would not accept the fact that his father was dead. I accepted the gift from my sister. I am unfortunately unable to accept your kind invitation. I had no choice but to accept the committee’s decision. I was very unwilling to accept her resignation. She accepted a bribe from an undercover policeman. She graciously accepted my apology. Some people readily accept that they may have to pay for medical treatment. The college cannot accept responsibility for items lost or stolen on its premises. The government now accepts the need for change. These figures should not be accepted at face value. Everything about the child’s adoption was against accepted practice. He refused to accept that his father was no longer there. It was true, but hard to accept. Most people had come to accept that war was inevitable. She had never been accepted into what was essentially a man’s world. She said she’d accept $15 for it. She won’t accept advice from anyone. She’s decided not to accept the job. The company cannot accept liability for any damage caused by natural disasters. They accepted the court’s decision. You just have to accept the fact that we’re never going to be rich.
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