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noun [uncountable]     acceptance pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    general agreement that something is true, reasonable, or cannot be changed
    acceptance of:

    There is widespread acceptance of these principles.

    a society that valued the unquestioning acceptance of tradition

    gain/win acceptance:

    Anti-racist policies were gradually gaining acceptance at that time.

  2. 2
    agreement to a plan, offer, or suggestion

    Acceptance of the offer is the first step to a merger.

    the candidate’s acceptance speech (=a speech given formally accepting a public position)

  3. 3
    an attitude of accepting a difficult or unpleasant situation because you know that it cannot be changed or avoided

    Her mood was one of resigned acceptance.

    a religion that teaches acceptance of suffering

  4. 4
    the fact of allowing someone to become part of a group or community and making them feel welcome

    The new merchant class was anxious for acceptance from the old nobility.


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