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verb accept pronunciation in American English /əkˈsept/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleaccepting
past tenseaccepted
past participleaccepted
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to take something that someone gives you
    It gives me great pleasure to accept this award.
    Saunders has been convicted for accepting bribes.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to say yes to an invitation or offer
      They offered her a job, and she accepted without hesitation.
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  2. 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. 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 pollution.
    generally/widely accepted (=believed by most people): His views on genetics are not now widely accepted.
    1. 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. 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. 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.
    1. 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. 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. 7
    [transitive] to take a particular form of payment
    The payphones there accept either coins or phone cards.
    We accept personal checks with proper identification.


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