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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    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
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    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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    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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    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, 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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    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
    synonyms: 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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    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
Commonly confused words

accept / except

To accept is to receive, and except is to exclude, usually. Both are busy little words skipping around to different meanings, but they never run into each other.

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