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verb     accept pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleaccepting
past tenseaccepted
past participleaccepted
  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 the government.

  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 here accept either coins or phone cards.

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