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English definition of “accept”

accept

verb uk   /əkˈsept/ us  

accept verb (TAKE)

B1 [T] to agree to take something: Do you accept credit cards? She was in London to accept an award for her latest novel. I offered her an apology, but she wouldn't accept it. I accept full responsibility for the failure of the plan. The new coffee machines will accept coins of any denomination. B1 [I or T] to say 'yes' to an offer or invitation: We've offered her the job, but I don't know whether she'll accept it. I've just accepted an invitation to the opening-night party. I've been invited to their wedding but I haven't decided whether to accept.

accept verb (APPROVE)

B2 [T] to consider something or someone as satisfactory: The manuscript was accepted for publication last week. She was accepted as a full member of the society. His fellow workers refused to accept him (= to include him as one of their group).

accept verb (BELIEVE)

B2 [T] to believe that something is true: The police refused to accept her version of the story. He still hasn't accepted the situation (= realized that he cannot change it). [+ that] I can't accept that there's nothing we can do.
(Definition of accept from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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