from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To answer affirmatively: accept an invitation.
  • transitive v. To agree to take (a duty or responsibility).
  • transitive v. To receive (something offered), especially with gladness or approval: accepted a glass of water; accepted their contract.
  • transitive v. To admit to a group, organization, or place: accepted me as a new member of the club.
  • transitive v. To regard as proper, usual, or right: Such customs are widely accepted.
  • transitive v. To regard as true; believe in: Scientists have accepted the new theory.
  • transitive v. To understand as having a specific meaning.
  • transitive v. To endure resignedly or patiently: accept one's fate.
  • transitive v. To be able to hold (something applied or inserted): This wood will not accept oil paints.
  • transitive v. To receive officially: accept the committee's report.
  • transitive v. To consent to pay, as by a signed agreement.
  • transitive v. Medicine To receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without immunological rejection.
  • intransitive v. To receive something, especially with favor. Often used with of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
  • v. To admit to a place or a group.
  • v. To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.
  • v. To receive as adequate or satisfactory.
  • v. To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.
  • v. To endure patiently.
  • v. To agree to pay.
  • v. To receive officially
  • v. To receive something willingly.
  • adj. Accepted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Accepted.
  • transitive v. To receive with a consenting mind (something offered); ; -- often followed by of.
  • transitive v. To receive with favor; to approve.
  • transitive v. To receive or admit and agree to; to assent to.
  • transitive v. To take by the mind; to understand; as, How are these words to be accepted?
  • transitive v. To receive as obligatory and promise to pay.
  • transitive 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.]

from The 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.
  • Accepted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English accepten, from Latin acceptāre, frequentative of accipere, to receive : ad-, ad- + capere, to take.



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