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Meaning & Definition of Accept in English

English

Accept

/æksɛpt/

verb

1. Consider or hold as true

  • "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"
  • "Accept an argument"
    synonym:
  • accept

2. Receive willingly something given or offered

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • accept
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • have

3. Give an affirmative reply to

  • Respond favorably to
  • "I cannot accept your invitation"
  • "I go for this resolution"
    synonym:
  • accept
  • ,
  • consent
  • ,
  • go for

4. React favorably to

  • Consider right and proper
  • "People did not accept atonal music at that time"
  • "We accept the idea of universal health care"
    synonym:
  • accept

5. Admit into a group or community

  • "Accept students for graduate study"
  • "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
    synonym:
  • accept
  • ,
  • admit
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • take on

6. Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

  • "I'll accept the charges"
  • "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
    synonym:
  • bear
  • ,
  • take over
  • ,
  • accept
  • ,
  • assume

7. Tolerate or accommodate oneself to

  • "I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"
  • "I swallowed the insult"
  • "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"
    synonym:
  • accept
  • ,
  • live with
  • ,
  • swallow

8. Be designed to hold or take

  • "This surface will not take the dye"
    synonym:
  • accept
  • ,
  • take

9. Receive (a report) officially, as from a committee

    synonym:
  • accept

10. Make use of or accept for some purpose

  • "Take a risk"
  • "Take an opportunity"
    synonym:
  • take
  • ,
  • accept

11. Be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

  • "The cow accepted the bull"
    synonym:
  • accept

Examples of using

After much reflection, I decided not to accept the offer.
We refused to accept Tom's resignation.
Please accept my sincere apologies for my impertinence.