from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To answer affirmatively.
  • intransitive verb To agree to take (a duty or responsibility).
  • intransitive verb To receive (something offered), especially with gladness or approval.
  • intransitive verb To admit to a group, organization, or place.
  • intransitive verb To regard as proper, usual, or right.
  • intransitive verb To regard as true; believe in.
  • intransitive verb To understand as having a specific meaning.
  • intransitive verb To endure resignedly or patiently.
  • intransitive verb To be able to hold (something applied or inserted).
  • intransitive verb To receive officially.
  • intransitive verb To consent to pay, as by a signed agreement.
  • intransitive verb To take payment in the form of.
  • intransitive verb Medicine To receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without immunological rejection.
  • intransitive verb To receive something, especially with favor. Often used with of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To receive with a consenting mind (something offered); ; -- often followed by of.
  • transitive verb To receive with favor; to approve.
  • transitive verb To receive or admit and agree to; to assent to.
  • transitive verb To take by the mind; to understand; as, How are these words to be accepted?
  • transitive verb (Com.) To receive as obligatory and promise to pay.
  • transitive verb 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.]
  • transitive verb (Law) to agree (on the part of the drawee) to pay it when due.
  • transitive verb (Law) to agree that a writ or process shall be considered as regularly served, when it has not been.
  • transitive verb (Eccl.) to show favoritism.
  • adjective obsolete Accepted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
  • verb give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
  • verb receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
  • verb make use of or accept for some purpose
  • verb admit into a group or community
  • verb receive willingly something given or offered
  • verb be designed to hold or take
  • verb consider or hold as true


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; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]


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