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From French accepter, or from Latin acceptare, frequentative of accipere, formed from ad- + capere "to take".


  • (RP)
    • IPA: /əkˈsept/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛpt
  • Homophones: except (in some dialects)


to Accept

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to Accept (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (transitive) To receive, especially with a consent, with favour or with approval.
    • She accepted of a treat. - Joseph Addison
    • The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice. - Psalms 20:3
  2. (transitive) To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to; as, I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.
  3. (transitive) To endure patiently.
    I accept my punishment.
  4. (transitive) (commerce) To agree to pay.
  5. (transitive) To receive officially; as, to accept the report of a committee.


  • receive
  • take
  • admit


Derived terms[]

  • accepted
  • acceptedly
  • accepter
  • acceptive
  • accept a bill
  • accept person
  • accept service

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  1. (obsolete) Accepted.
    • Pass our accept and peremptory answer. - Shakespeare: Henry V, V-ii

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