Definition of Accept

1. Verb. Consider or hold as true. "Accept an argument"

2. Verb. Receive willingly something given or offered. "Please accept my present"
Exact synonyms: Have, Take
Related verbs: Have, Receive
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Specialized synonyms: Admit, Take, Take On, Welcome, Honor, Honour, Adopt, Borrow, Take Over, Take Up
Derivative terms: Acceptance, Acceptation, Taker
Antonyms: Refuse
Also: Take In, Take Over, Take Over, Take Up

3. Verb. Give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to. "I go for this resolution"
Exact synonyms: Consent, Go For
Specialized synonyms: Give, Agree, Settle, Contract In, Allow, Countenance, Let, Permit, Buckle Under, Give In, Knuckle Under, Succumb, Yield, Take In Charge, Undertake
Generic synonyms: React, Respond
Derivative terms: Acceptation, Acceptation, Consent
Antonyms: Refuse

4. Verb. React favorably to; consider right and proper. "We accept the idea of universal health care"

5. Verb. Admit into a group or community. "Sam cannot accept Sue "; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
Exact synonyms: Admit, Take, Take On
Specialized synonyms: Profess
Generic synonyms: Have, Take
Related verbs: Admit, Include, Let In

6. Verb. Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person. "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
Exact synonyms: Assume, Bear, Take Over
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Carry-the Can, Face The Music
Derivative terms: Assumption

7. Verb. Tolerate or accommodate oneself to. "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"
Exact synonyms: Live With, Swallow
Generic synonyms: Abide, Bear, Brook, Digest, Endure, Put Up, Stand, Stick Out, Stomach, Suffer, Support, Tolerate
Derivative terms: Acceptance

8. Verb. Be designed to hold or take. "This surface will not take the dye"
Exact synonyms: Take
Generic synonyms: Be

9. Verb. Receive (a report) officially, as from a committee.
Generic synonyms: Have, Receive
Derivative terms: Acceptation

10. Verb. Make use of or accept for some purpose. "Take an opportunity"
Exact synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Co-opt
Derivative terms: Acceptable, Acceptable

11. Verb. Be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal. "The cow accepted the bull"
Generic synonyms: React, Respond

Definition of Accept

1. v. t. To receive with a consenting mind (something offered); as, to accept a gift; -- often followed by of.

2. a. Accepted.

Definition of Accept

1. Verb. (context: transitive) To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval. ¹

2. Verb. (context: transitive) To admit to a place or a group. ¹

3. Verb. (context: transitive) To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in. ¹

4. Verb. (context: transitive) To receive as adequate or satisfactory. ¹

5. Verb. (context: transitive) To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To endure patiently. ¹

7. Verb. (context: transitive legal business) To agree to pay. ¹

8. Verb. (context: transitive) To receive officially ¹

9. Verb. (context: intransitive) To receive something willingly. ¹

10. Adjective. (context: obsolete) Accepted. ¹

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Definition of Accept

1. to receive willingly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Accept

accentual system
accept (current term)
accept service
acceptable daily intake
acceptable risk
acceptance sampling

Literary usage of Accept

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"About whether you will accept him, then ?" "Have you given him a doubtful answer?" "Precisely." " He has spoken so that you could not misunderstand him ? ..."

2. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"Wingfield's promotion to the Garter took 16 June Wingfield wrote from Brussels that Charles would accept mediation provided restitution were made. ..."

3. Publications by English Dialect Society (1850)
"but that he would accept noe Authority from the Army or Nation; saying that he might comand the Army as Lieutenant Generall, by Vertue James II. of a former ..."

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