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.

Primary Meanings of accept

1.
v
receive willingly something given or offered
2.
v
consider or hold as true
3.
v
be designed to hold or take
Full Definitions of accept
1

v receive willingly something given or offered

“Please accept my present”
Synonyms:
have, take
have, receive
get something; come into possession of
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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Types:
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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
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v receive (a report) officially, as from a committee

Type of:
have, receive
get something; come into possession of

v 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
Types:
profess
receive into a religious order or congregation
Type of:
have, take
receive willingly something given or offered
2

v consider or hold as true

“I cannot accept the dogma of this church”
accept an argument”
Antonyms:
reject
refuse to accept or acknowledge
Types:
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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)
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v react favorably to; consider right and proper

“People did not accept atonal music at that time”
“We accept the idea of universal health care”
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

v tolerate or accommodate oneself to

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

v give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

“I cannot accept your invitation”
Synonyms:
consent, go for
Antonyms:
decline, refuse
show unwillingness towards
Types:
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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
to 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
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

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

“I'll accept the charges”
Synonyms:
assume, bear, take over
Types:
carry-the can, face the music
accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
Type of:
take
take into one's possession
3

v be designed to hold or take

Synonyms:
take
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v make use of or accept for some purpose

Synonyms:
take
Types:
co-opt
take or assume for one's own use

v be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

“The cow accepted the bull”
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

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