• (RP) IPA: /əkˈsɛpt/, /ækˈsɛpt/
  • (GA) IPA: /əkˈsɛpt/

accept (accepts, present participle accepting; 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), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 20:3 ↗:
      Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice
    • 1842, [Edward Bulwer-Lytton], chapter III, in Zanoni. [...] In Three Volumes, 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, legal, 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.