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).
verb (mainly tr)
- to take or receive (something offered)
- to give an affirmative reply toto accept an invitation
- to take on the responsibilities, duties, etc, ofhe 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 believeyou 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)
- (intr sometimes foll by of) archaic to take or receive an offer, invitation, etc
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.