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Definition of 'accept'


  1. consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
       Antonyms: reject
  2. receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"
       Synonyms: take have
       Antonyms: refuse reject pass up turn down decline
  3. give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"
       Synonyms: consent go for
       Antonyms: refuse decline
  4. react favorably to; consider right and proper; "People did not accept atonal music at that time"; "We accept the idea of universal health care"
  5. admit into a group or community; "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
       Synonyms: admit take take on
  6. take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person; "I'll accept the charges"; "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
       Synonyms: bear take over assume
  7. tolerate or accommodate oneself to; "I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"; "I swallowed the insult"; "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"
       Synonyms: live with swallow
  8. be designed to hold or take; "This surface will not take the dye"
       Synonyms: take
  9. receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
  10. make use of or accept for some purpose; "take a risk"; "take an opportunity"
       Synonyms: take
  11. be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal; "The cow accepted the bull"

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