American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To answer affirmatively: accept an invitation.
- v. To agree to take (a duty or responsibility).
- v. To receive (something offered), especially with gladness or approval: accepted a glass of water; accepted their contract.
- v. To admit to a group, organization, or place: accepted me as a new member of the club.
- v. To regard as proper, usual, or right: Such customs are widely accepted.
- v. To regard as true; believe in: Scientists have accepted the new theory.
- v. To understand as having a specific meaning.
- v. To endure resignedly or patiently: accept one's fate.
- v. To be able to hold (something applied or inserted): This wood will not accept oil paints.
- v. To receive officially: accept the committee's report.
- v. To consent to pay, as by a signed agreement.
- v. Medicine To receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without immunological rejection.
- v. To receive something, especially with favor. Often used with of.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take or receive (something offered); receive with approbation or favor: as, he made an offer which was accepted.
- To take (what presents itself or what befalls one); accommodate one's self to: as, to accept the situation.
- To listen favorably to; grant.
- To receive or admit and agree to; accede or assent to: as, to accept a treaty, a proposal, an amendment, an excuse: often followed by of: as, I accept of the terms.
- To receive in a particular sense; understand: as, how is this phrase to be accepted? In com., to acknowledge, by signature, as calling for payment, and thus to promise to pay: as, to accept a bill of exchange, that is, to acknowledge the obligation to pay it when due. See acceptance. In a deliberative body, to receive as a sufficient performance of the duty with which an officer or a committee has been charged; receive for further action: as, the report of the committee was accepted. Synonyms Take, etc. See
- v. transitive To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
- v. transitive To admit to a place or a group.
- v. transitive To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.
- v. transitive To receive as adequate or satisfactory.
- v. transitive To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.
- v. transitive To endure patiently.
- v. transitive, law, business To agree to pay.
- v. transitive To receive officially
- v. intransitive To receive something willingly.
- adj. obsolete Accepted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To receive with a consenting mind (something offered); ; -- often followed by
- v. To receive with favor; to approve.
- v. To receive or admit and agree to; to assent to.
- v. To take by the mind; to understand; as, How are these words to be
- v. (Com.) To receive as obligatory and promise to pay.
- v. In a deliberate body, to receive in acquittance of a duty imposed. [This makes it the property of the body, and the question is then on its adoption.]
- adj. obsolete Accepted.
- v. take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
- v. give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
- v. receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
- v. make use of or accept for some purpose
- v. admit into a group or community
- v. receive willingly something given or offered
- v. be designed to hold or take
- v. consider or hold as true
- v. tolerate or accommodate oneself to
- v. react favorably to; consider right and proper
- v. be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal
- Middle English accepten, from Latin acceptāre, frequentative of accipere, to receive : ad-, ad- + capere, to take. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What they don't "accept" is the idea, the concept, the notion, the thought of homosexuality.”
“The argument the administrators are asking us to accept is that lawful carriers suddenly become dangerous simply by stepping from a public street onto campus property.”
“After Philadelphia, Eschenbach said he would never again accept a music directorship.”
“The reality that they are unwilling to accept is that if warming was in fact caused by humans, then no collective action on our part would be effective in halting it short of ceasing all electricity production and use of fossil fuels immediately.”
“But, he warned: The one approach I will not accept is inaction.”
“What these boneheads don't realize or want to accept is the fact that most of the steps Obama has to take now is to remedy the putrid mismanagement of the last eight years.”
“Their list of what judges do is something I wouldn't accept from a 6th grader.”
“What most leftists just can't accept is that in order for everyone to be better off, some people have to accumulate more than others in order for the whole of society to achieve their goals of elimination of poverty (i.e., the lack of basic human needs to survive without considerable physical pain).”
“But what I will not accept is the media hyping people into a frenzy and supporting a ‘guilty until proven innocent’ policy.”
“One of the things one comes to accept is that you are not the agency's expert on any one particular thing.”
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