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First attested about 1380. From Middle English accepten, borrowed from Old French accepter, or directly from Latin acceptō, acceptāre (receive), frequentative of accipiō, formed from ad- + capiō (to take).



accept (third-person singular simple present accepts, present participle accepting, simple past and past participle accepted)

  1. (transitive) To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Joseph Addison, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      She accepted of a treat.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bible and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), Psalms 20:3
      The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice.
  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, law, 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.


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accept (comparative more accept, superlative most accept)

  1. (obsolete) Accepted.




accept (third-person singular present accepts, present participle acceptin, past acceptit, past participle acceptit)

  1. accept




accept c

  1. (finance, business) a bill of exchange that has been accepted
  2. (finance, business) the acceptance of a bill of exchange


Declension of accept 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative accept accepten accepter accepterna
Genitive accepts acceptens accepters accepternas
Declension of accept 2
Indefinite Definite
Nominative accept acceptet
Genitive accepts acceptets