ac|cept [ ək`sept ] verb ***
▸ 1 take something offered
▸ 2 agree to a suggestion
▸ 3 believe something is true/right
▸ 4 recognize a bad situation
▸ 5 let someone join/be part of something
▸ 6 consider good enough
▸ 7 take a form of payment
1. ) transitive to take something that someone gives you:
I am here to accept the award on Ms. Winslet's behalf.
Saunders has been convicted for accepting bribes.
a ) intransitive or transitive to say yes to an invitation or offer:
They offered her a job, and she accepted without hesitation.
2. ) transitive to agree to do what someone asks or suggests:
Our clients will never accept this proposal.
Most of the report's recommendations have been accepted by Congress.
3. ) transitive to recognize that something is true, fair, or right:
Sam accepted her explanation without question.
This argument is unlikely to be accepted by the court.
accept that: Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions.
generally/widely accepted (=believed by most people): His views on genetics are not now widely accepted.
a ) to recognize that you are responsible for something:
accept blame/responsibility/liability: We cannot accept liability for items stolen from your car.
The media must accept their share of the blame.
4. ) transitive to recognize that a bad situation exists and cannot be avoided or changed:
I know it's not fair, but you'll just have to accept it.
They found it hard to accept defeat.
accept that: For a long time, he simply could not accept that she was dead.
5. ) transitive to allow someone to join an organization:
Under the new law, gay people will be accepted in the armed forces.
accept someone as something: Mexico was accepted as a member of the OECD in 1994.
a ) to allow someone to become part of a community or family, and make them feel welcome:
The local people never really accepted us.
accept someone into something: She was desperate for the children to accept her into the family.
6. ) transitive to consider that something is suitable or good enough for a particular purpose:
A publisher in New York has accepted her novel for publication.
7. ) transitive to take a particular form of payment:
The payphones there accept either coins or phonecards.
We accept personal checks with proper identification.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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