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accept

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This page has 17 definitions of accept with English translations in 4 languages. Accept is a verb, an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use accept in a sentence are shown. Also define these 19 related words and terms: receive, consent, favour, approval, admit, agree, assent, submit, endure, opposition, resistance, law, business, officially, acceptance, accepta, accept, finance, and bill of exchange.

English

Etymology

First attested about 1380. From Middle English accepten, borrowed from Old French accepter, or directly from Latin acceptō, acceptāre (receive), frequentative of accipiō, formed from ad- + capiō (to take).

Pronunciation

Verb

accept (third-person singular simple present accepts, present participle accepting, simple past and past participle accepted)

  1. (transitive) To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Psalms 20:3:
      Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice
    • 1714 August 25, Addison, Joseph, “The Sequel of the Story of Shalum and Hilpa”, in The Spectator, number 585; republished in The Works of the Right Honourable Joseph Addison, Esq, volume 4, London: Jacob Tonson, 1721, page 112:
      The Chinese say, that a little time afterwards she accepted of a treat in one of the neighbouring hills to which Shalum had invited her.
    • 1842, [Edward Bulwer-Lytton], chapter III, in Zanoni. [], volume I, London: Saunders & Otley, [], OCLC 1000397252, book the second (Art, Love, and Wonder), page 151:
      I bid thee banish from thy heart all thought of me, but as one whom the Future cries aloud to thee to avoid. Glyndon, if thou acceptest his homage, will love thee till the tomb closes upon both.
    • Receive definition
      To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, etc.; to accept; to be given something. (1 of 10 receive definitions)
    • Favour definition
      Standard spelling of favor.
  2. (transitive) To admit to a place or a group.
    The Boy Scouts were going to accept him as a member.
  3. (transitive) To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.
    I accept the notion that Christ lived.
  4. (transitive) To receive as adequate or satisfactory.
  5. (transitive) To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.
    I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.
    • Assent definition
      To agree to a proposal.
  6. (transitive) To endure patiently.
    I accept my punishment.
  7. (transitive) To acknowledge patiently without opposition or resistance.
    We need to accept the fact that restaurants are closed due to COVID-19 and that no amount of wishing or screaming will make them reopen any sooner.
  8. (transitive, law, business) To agree to pay.
  9. (transitive) To receive officially.
    to accept the report of a committee
  10. (intransitive) To receive something willingly.

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Adjective

accept (comparative more accept, superlative most accept)

  1. (obsolete) Accepted.

Romanian

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From German Akzept, from Latin acceptus.

Noun

accept n (plural accepte)

  1. acceptance
Declension

Etymology 2

Verb

accept

  1. first-person singular present indicative of accepta
    • Accepta definition
      third-person singular present indicative form of acceptar (1 of 2 accepta definitions)
  2. first-person singular present subjunctive of accepta

Scots

Pronunciation

Verb

accept (third-person singular present accepts, present participle acceptin, past acceptit, past participle acceptit)

  1. accept

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Swedish

Noun

accept c

  1. (finance, business) a bill of exchange that has been accepted
  2. (finance, business) the acceptance of a bill of exchange

Declension

Declension of accept 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative accept accepten accepter accepterna
Genitive accepts acceptens accepters accepternas
Declension of accept 2
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative accept acceptet
Genitive accepts acceptets