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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.
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      She accepted of a treat.
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      The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice.
  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, law, business) To agree to pay.
  8. (transitive) To receive officially.
    to accept the report of a committee
  9. (intransitive) To receive something willingly.
    I accept.


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accept (comparative more accept, superlative most accept)

  1. (obsolete) Accepted.




accept (third-person singular present accepts, present participle acceptin, 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 
Indefinite Definite
Nominative accept acceptet
Genitive accepts acceptets