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UK [əkˈsept] / US verb
Word forms "accept":
present tense I/you/we/they accept he/she/it accepts present participle accepting past tense accepted past participle accepted
Get it right: accept:
Don't confuse agree and accept. When you want to say that someone expresses their willingness to do something, use agree with an infinitive. Don't use accept:
Wrong: Some people readily accept to work at weekends.
Right: Some people readily agree to work at weekends.
Wrong: Small communities may not accept to be swallowed up by a general European system.
Right: Small communities may not agree to be swallowed up by a general European system.   You can use accept when you want to say that someone recognizes that something is true, fair, or right. It is followed by a noun phrase or a that-clause: Our clients will never accept this proposal. The great majority of landowners accept that they must obey the law.  agree
1)
a) [transitive] to take something that someone gives you

It gives me great pleasure to accept this award.

Saunders has been convicted for accepting bribes.

b) [intransitive/transitive] to say yes to an invitation or offer

They offered her a job, and she accepted without hesitation.

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)
a) [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.

b) 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) [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)
a) [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.

b) 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) [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) [transitive] to take a particular form of payment

The payphones here accept either coins or phone cards.

We accept personal cheques with proper identification.


English dictionary. 2014.

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