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ACCEPT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does accept mean? 

ACCEPT (verb)
  The verb ACCEPT has 11 senses:

1. consider or hold as true
2. receive willingly something given or offered
3. give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
4. react favorably to; consider right and proper
5. admit into a group or community
6. take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
7. tolerate or accommodate oneself to
8. be designed to hold or take
9. receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
10. make use of or accept for some purpose
11. be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

  Familiarity information: ACCEPT used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


ACCEPT (verb)


Sense 1accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Consider or hold as true

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

I cannot accept the dogma of this church / accept an argument

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "accept"):

acknowledge; know; recognise; recognize (accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority)

abide by; honor; honour; observe; respect (show respect towards)

take a bow (acknowledge praise or accept credit)

acknowledge (accept as legally binding and valid)

reconcile; resign; submit (accept as inevitable)

approbate (accept (documents) as valid)

receive (accept as true or valid)

believe (accept as true; take to be true)

adopt; embrace; espouse; sweep up (take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Antonym:

reject (refuse to accept or acknowledge)


Sense 2accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Receive willingly something given or offered

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

accept; take; have

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

acquire; get (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "accept"):

adopt; borrow; take over; take up (take up and practice as one's own)

honor; honour (accept as pay)

welcome (accept gladly)

accept; admit; take; take on (admit into a group or community)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Antonym:

refuse (refuse to accept)


Sense 3accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

consent; go for; accept

Context examples:

I cannot accept your invitation / I go for this resolution

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

react; respond (show a response or a reaction to something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "accept"):

take in charge; undertake (accept as a charge)

buckle under; give in; knuckle under; succumb; yield (consent reluctantly)

allow; countenance; let; permit (consent to, give permission)

contract in (consent in writing to pay money to a trade union for political use)

settle (accept despite complete satisfaction)

agree (consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something)

give (consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

refuse (show unwillingness towards)


Sense 4accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

React favorably to; consider right and proper

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

People did not accept atonal music at that time / We accept the idea of universal health care

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

react; respond (show a response or a reaction to something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Admit into a group or community

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

admit; take on; accept; take

Context examples:

accept students for graduate study / We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

accept; have; take (receive willingly something given or offered)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "accept"):

profess (receive into a religious order or congregation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot accept Sue


Sense 6accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

take over; assume; bear; accept

Context examples:

I'll accept the charges / She agreed to bear the responsibility

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

take (take into one's possession)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "accept"):

carry-the can; face the music (accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tolerate or accommodate oneself to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

live with; accept; swallow

Context examples:

I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions / I swallowed the insult / She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

abide; bear; brook; digest; endure; put up; stand; stick out; stomach; suffer; support; tolerate (put up with something or somebody unpleasant)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be designed to hold or take

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

accept; take

Context example:

This surface will not take the dye

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

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

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 9accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Receive (a report) officially, as from a committee

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

have; receive (get something; come into possession of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 10accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make use of or accept for some purpose

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

accept; take

Context examples:

take a risk / take an opportunity

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "accept"):

co-opt (take or assume for one's own use)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 11accept [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The cow accepted the bull

Hypernyms (to "accept" is one way to...):

react; respond (show a response or a reaction to something)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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