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accept

verb
 
 
/əkˈsept/
AGREE [I, T] B1 to agree to take something that is offered to you: to accept an invitation/offer to accept a job He won't accept advice from anyone. Do you accept credit cards?Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
ADMIT [T] B2 to admit that something is true, often something unpleasant: [+ (that)] He refuses to accept that he's made a mistake.Admitting and confessing
ALLOW TO JOIN [T] B2 to allow someone to join an organization or become part of a group: She's been accepted by two universities. Many of the refugees have now been accepted into the local community.Joining and leaving groups and organizations
accept responsibility/blame B2 to admit that you caused something bad that happened: The company has now accepted responsibility for the accident.Admitting and confessing
UNDERSTAND [T] to understand that you cannot change a very sad or unpleasant situation: The hardest part is accepting the fact that you'll never see that person again.Accepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval
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