generally approved; usually regarded as normal, right, etc.:
an accepted pronunciation of a word; an accepted theory.
to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor:
to accept a present; to accept a proposal.
to agree or consent to; accede to:
to accept a treaty; to accept an apology.
to respond or answer affirmatively to:
to accept an invitation.
to undertake the responsibility, duties, honors, etc., of:
to accept the office of president.
to receive or admit formally, as to a college or club.
to accommodate or reconcile oneself to:
to accept the situation.
to regard as true or sound; believe:
to accept a claim; to accept Catholicism.
to regard as normal, suitable, or usual.
to receive as to meaning; understand.
Commerce. to acknowledge, by signature, as calling for payment, and thus to agree to pay, as a draft.
(in a deliberative body) to receive as an adequate performance of the duty with which an officer or a committee has been charged; receive for further action:
The report of the committee was accepted.
to receive or contain (something attached, inserted, etc.):
This socket won’t accept a three-pronged plug.
to receive (a transplanted organ or tissue) without adverse reaction.
Compare (def 7).
to accept an invitation, gift, position, etc. (sometimes followed by of).
Britain and the colonies, for example, only accepted it in 1752.
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Some time will be needed before any reformation is accepted.
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For nine years straight, every graduate of Ferguson has been accepted into college.
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It may not be legally or technically, but morally, he accepted a bribe.
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He was accepted as the younger prince in a number of European countries and was even wed to a member of the Scottish royal family.
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But he accepted a status which gave him all that the regal name would have implied.
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We accepted his kind invitation to make ourselves his guests while we remained.
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Beltani accepted the money without the grace of an instant’s hesitation.
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“Your escort was accepted because you were the first to offer it,” said Halbert.
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This offer was accepted, and he proved a most useful auxiliary.
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commonly approved or recognized; customary; established
verb (mainly transitive)
to take or receive (something offered)
to give an affirmative reply to: to accept an invitation
to take on the responsibilities, duties, etc, of: he accepted office
to tolerate or accommodate oneself to
to consider as true or believe in (a philosophy, theory, etc): I cannot accept your argument
(may take a clause as object) to be willing to grant or believe: you must accept that he lied
to receive with approval or admit, as into a community, group, etc
(commerce) to agree to pay (a bill, draft, shipping document, etc), esp by signing
to receive as adequate, satisfactory, or valid
to receive, take, or hold (something applied, inserted, etc)
(archaic) (intransitive) sometimes foll by of. to take or receive an offer, invitation, etc
late 14c., “to take what is offered,” from Old French accepter (14c.) or directly from Latin acceptare “take or receive willingly,” frequentative of accipere “receive,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + capere “to take” (see capable). Related: Accepted; accepting.
- Accepted pairing
a technique of advertising in which two or more competing products are compared in such a manner that certain good qualities are conceded but one product is made to appear clearly more beneficial or desirable than its competitors.
a person who is , as for military service.
a person or thing that . Historical Examples Il peut, conformment ce qui est rgl par l’article 44, accepter la remise de la contrebande qui lui est offerte par le navire arrt. International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2) Lassa Francis Oppenheim The giver and the accepter are principally answerable in an unjust donation. […]
amenable; open: She was always more accepting of coaching suggestions than her teammates. to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor: to accept a present; to accept a proposal. to agree or consent to; accede to: to accept a treaty; to accept an apology. to respond or answer affirmatively to: to accept […]
- Accepting house
noun a financial institution that guarantees a bill of exchange, as a result of which it can be discounted on more favourable terms Historical Examples The bill will be drawn on a London accepting house, to whom the English merchant is liable for its due payment. International Finance Hartley Withers