- 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.
A woman accepts a gift.
- 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 of acceptMiddle English accepten ; from Old French accepter ; from Classical Latin acceptare ; from past participle stem of accipere ; from ad-, to + capere, to take: see have
verbac·cept·ed, ac·cept·ing, ac·cepts
- 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.
- To take payment in the form of: a store that does not accept checks.
- Medicine To receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without immunological rejection.
Origin of acceptMiddle English accepten, from Latin acceptāre, frequentative of accipere, to receive : ad-, ad- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present accepts, present participle accepting, simple past and past participle accepted)
- To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
- To admit to a place or a group.
- The boy scouts were going to accept him as a member.
- To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.
- I accept the fact that Christ lived.
- To receive as adequate or satisfactory.
- To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.
- To endure patiently.
- I accept my punishment.
- (law, business) To agree to pay.
- To receive officially
- to accept the report of a committee.
- (intransitive) To receive something willingly.
- I accept.
(comparative more accept, superlative most accept)
- (obsolete) Accepted.