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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”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əkˈsɛpt/, /ækˈsɛpt/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /əkˈsɛpt/
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- Rhymes: -ɛpt
- Homophone: except (in some dialects)
- Hyphenation: ac‧cept
- (transitive) To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
- 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. [...] In Three Volumes, 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.
- (transitive) To admit to a place or a group.
- The Boy Scouts were going to accept him as a member.
- (transitive) To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.
- I accept the notion that Christ lived.
- (transitive) To receive as adequate or satisfactory.
- (transitive) To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.
- I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.
- (transitive) To endure patiently.
- I accept my punishment.
- (transitive, law, business) To agree to pay.
- (transitive) To receive officially.
- to accept the report of a committee
- (intransitive) To receive something willingly.
- I accept.
Conjugation of accept
|present tense||past tense|
|2nd-person singular||accept, acceptest*||accepted, acceptedst*|
|3rd-person singular||accepts, accepteth*||accepted|
|* Archaic or obsolete.|
to receive with consent
to admit to a place or a group
to regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in
to receive as adequate or satisfactory
to agree to
to endure patiently
to agree to pay
to receive officially
to receive something willingly
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
- (obsolete) Accepted.
- Eagle, Andy, editor (2016) The Online Scots Dictionary, Scots Online.
- (finance, business) a bill of exchange that has been accepted
- (finance, business) the acceptance of a bill of exchange
|Declension of accept|
|Declension of accept 2|