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"acceptance" in British English

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acceptancenoun [U]

uk   /əkˈsep.təns/  us   /əkˈsep.təns/
generalagreement that something is ​satisfactory or ​right, or that someone should be ​included in a ​group: The ​idearapidly gained acceptance (= ​becameapproved of) in ​politicalcircles. The ​partymarked his acceptance into the ​community.
C1 the ​act of ​agreeing to an ​offer, ​plan, or ​invitation: Her acceptance of the ​award was very ​controversial. an acceptance ​speech
the ​fact of ​accepting a ​difficult or ​unpleasantsituation: His ​attitude to his children's ​behaviour is one of ​resigned acceptance.

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(Definition of acceptance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"acceptance" in American English

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acceptancenoun [U]

 us   /ɪkˈsep·təns, æk-/
Acceptance of an ​offer or an ​invitationmeans that you say yes to it: The ​WhiteHouseindicatedits acceptance of the ​offer to ​visit Russia.
Acceptance of a ​person is the ​act of ​agreeing to that person’s ​becoming a ​member of an ​organization or ​group, or to that person’s ​belonging to ​yourgroup as an ​equal.
(Definition of acceptance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"acceptance" in Business English

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acceptancenoun

uk   us   /əkˈseptəns/
[U] the ​act of ​agreeing to something such as an ​offer or ​invitation: The ​board has ​recommended acceptance of the ​offer. On acceptance of the ​proposal, a ​draftagreement will be ​sent to both ​parties.
[U] COMMERCE, LAW the ​act of ​formallyagreeing to ​buy or ​sellgoods at a particular ​price or to use something in a particular way: We will confirm acceptance of your ​order by ​email. A ​formal letter of acceptance is ​sent to the ​successfulsupplier. Placing of an ​orderconstitutes acceptance of our ​terms and ​conditions.
[U] MARKETING willingness of ​people to use a new ​product or ​service or to believe a new ​idea: gain/find/win acceptance These ​devices are ​gaining acceptance within the ​marketplace.consumer/customer/public acceptance The ​projectaims to ​assessconsumer acceptance of GM ​foods.
[C] FINANCE an ​agreement by a ​shareholder to ​sell their ​shares to another ​company during a takeover: The ​biddingcompany has received acceptances in ​respect of 73.27% of the ​issuedshares.
[C or U] FINANCE an ​act of ​agreeing to ​pay a bill of ​exchange (= a written ​order to ​pay someone a particular ​amount of ​money) by writing your ​name on the ​document, or the ​document itself: In essence, an acceptance is a promise to ​pay.
[U] INSURANCE an ​agreement or ​contract between an ​insurancecompany and a ​customer to ​provideinsurance: This ​lifeinsuranceplanoffersguaranteed acceptance for the over 50s.
[U] IT, PRODUCTION approval of a new ​machine, ​computersystem, etc. after ​testing it to ​check that it ​works correctly: A ​number of acceptance ​tests were ​performed.
(Definition of acceptance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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