- The definition of accept means to willingly take, receive or agree to an object or idea.
1. An example of to accept an item is to take a gift given as a thank you for a favor. 2. An example of to accept an idea is to agree to follow the rules of a particular religion.
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- to take (what is offered or given); receive, esp. willingly
- to receive favorably; approve: to accept a theory
- to submit to; be resigned to: he had to accept defeat
- to believe in
- to understand as having a certain meaning
- to respond to in the affirmative: to accept an invitation
- to admit as a student, member, etc.
- to agree to take the responsibilities of (a job, office, etc.)
- to receive (a committee report) as satisfactory according to parliamentary procedure
- Business to agree, as by a signed promise, to pay
- Law to receive with intent to retain and adopt
Origin: Middle English accepten ; from Old French accepter ; from Classical Latin acceptare ; from past participle stem of accipere ; from ad-, to plush capere, to take: see have
- accepter noun
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verb ac·cept·ed, ac·cept·ing, ac·cepts verb, transitive
- a. To answer affirmatively: accept an invitation.b. To agree to take (a duty or responsibility).
- To receive (something offered), especially with gladness or approval: accepted a glass of water; accepted their contract.
- To admit to a group, organization, or place: accepted me as a new member of the club.
- a. To regard as proper, usual, or right: Such customs are widely accepted.b. To regard as true; believe in: Scientists have accepted the new theory.c. To understand as having a specific meaning.
- To endure resignedly or patiently: accept one's fate.
- To be able to hold (something applied or inserted): This wood will not accept oil paints.
- To receive officially: accept the committee's report.
- To consent to pay, as by a signed agreement.
- Medicine To receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without immunological rejection.
Origin: Middle English accepten, from Latin acceptāre, frequentative of accipere, to receive : ad-, ad- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.