accept




Please accept (“favorably receive”) our apologies, but you’re just going to have to accept (“put up with”) the fact that this verb has almost a dozen different meanings.

You might accept (“take”) bribes from people who dislike multiple meanings, or they might challenge you to a duel, which you might accept (“consent to”). When historians record your story, you might accept (“officially receive”) their books and accept (“hold as true”) the most flattering one. When you apply to cool-people clubs, they’ll accept (“admit”) you, and when you go broke, they’ll accept (“take on”) your debt, until the day your coffin accepts (“takes”) your weary accepting bones.

Definitions of accept
  1. verb

    receive willingly something given or offered

    “Please
    accept my present”
    synonyms:
    have, take

    have, receive

    get something; come into possession of
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    Antonyms:

    decline, pass up, refuse, reject, turn down

    refuse to accept
    disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down

    reject with contempt
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    admit, take, take on

    admit into a group or community
    welcome

    accept gladly
    honor, honour

    accept as pay
    adopt, borrow, take over, take up

    take up and practice as one’s own
    profess

    receive into a religious order or congregation
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    acquire, get

    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

  2. verb

    receive (a report) officially, as from a committee

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    type of:

    have, receive

    get something; come into possession of

  3. verb

    admit into a group or community

    accept students for graduate study”
    synonyms:
    admit, take, take on

    admit, include, let in

    allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
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    profess

    receive into a religious order or congregation
    type of:

    have, take

    receive willingly something given or offered

  4. verb

    consider or hold as true

    “I cannot
    accept the dogma of this church”
    accept an argument”
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    Antonyms:

    reject

    refuse to accept or acknowledge
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    acknowledge, know, recognise, recognize

    accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
    adopt, embrace, espouse, sweep up

    take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one’s own
    believe

    accept as true; take to be true
    receive

    accept as true or valid
    approbate

    accept (documents) as valid
    reconcile, resign, submit

    accept as inevitable
    acknowledge

    accept as legally binding and valid
    take a bow

    acknowledge praise or accept credit
    abide by, honor, honour, observe, respect

    show respect towards
    infer, understand

    believe to be the case
    swallow

    believe or accept without questioning or challenge
    fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on, take up

    adopt
    buy

    accept as true
    believe

    follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer
    bank, rely, swear, trust

    have confidence or faith in
    believe in

    have a firm conviction as to the goodness of something
    celebrate, lionise, lionize

    assign great social importance to
    tolerate

    recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment

    form a critical opinion of

  5. verb

    react favorably to; consider right and proper

    “People did not
    accept atonal music at that time”
    “We
    accept the idea of universal health care”
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    type of:

    react, respond

    show a response or a reaction to something

  6. verb

    tolerate or accommodate oneself to

    “I shall have to
    accept these unpleasant working conditions”
    synonyms:
    live with, swallow
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    abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

  7. verb

    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

    “I cannot
    accept your invitation”
    synonyms:
    consent, go for
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    Antonyms:

    balk, decline, refuse

    show unwillingness towards
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    give

    consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
    agree

    consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something
    settle

    accept despite lack of complete satisfaction
    contract in

    consent in writing to pay money to a trade union for political use
    allow, countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission
    buckle under, give in, knuckle under, succumb, yield

    consent reluctantly
    take in charge, undertake

    accept as a charge
    abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    furlough

    grant a leave to
    give

    allow to have or take
    plea-bargain

    agree to plead guilty in return for a lesser charge
    bargain

    come to terms; arrive at an agreement
    allow, permit, tolerate

    allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
    authorise, authorize, clear, pass

    grant authorization or clearance for
    accede, acquiesce, assent

    agree or express agreement
    accede, bow, defer, give in, submit

    yield to another’s wish or opinion
    admit, include, let in

    allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
    favor, favour, privilege

    bestow a privilege upon
    decriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize

    make legal
    trust

    allow without fear
    admit, allow in, intromit, let in

    allow to enter; grant entry to
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    react, respond

    show a response or a reaction to something

  8. verb

    take on as one’s own the expenses or debts of another person

    “I’ll
    accept the charges”
    synonyms:
    assume, bear, take over
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    types:

    carry-the can, face the music

    accept the unpleasant consequences of one’s actions
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    take

    take into one’s possession

  9. verb

    be designed to hold or take

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    take
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    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  10. verb

    make use of or accept for some purpose

    synonyms:
    take
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    types:

    co-opt

    take or assume for one’s own use

  11. verb

    be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

    “The cow
    accepted the bull”
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    react, respond

    show a response or a reaction to something

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