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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).



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.
  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.
  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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accept (comparative more accept, superlative most accept)

  1. (obsolete) Accepted.



Etymology 1[edit]

From German Akzept, from Latin acceptus.


accept n (plural accepte)

  1. acceptance

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. first-person singular present indicative of accepta
  2. first-person singular present subjunctive of accepta




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

  1. accept




accept c

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


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