ac·cept /ɪkˈsɛpt, æk ||ɛk-/
Ac·cept v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accepted; p. pr. & vb. n. Accepting.]
1. To receive with a consenting mind (something offered); as, to accept a gift; -- often followed by of.
If you accept them, then their worth is great. --Shak.
To accept of ransom for my son. --Milton.
She accepted of a treat. --Addison.
2. To receive with favor; to approve.
The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice.
Peradventure he will accept of me.
3. To receive or admit and agree to; to assent to; as, I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.
4. To take by the mind; to understand; as, How are these words to be accepted?
5. Com. To receive as obligatory and promise to pay; as, to accept a bill of exchange.
6. In a deliberate body, to receive in acquittance of a duty imposed; as, to accept the report of a committee. [This makes it the property of the body, and the question is then on its adoption.]
To accept a bill Law, to agree (on the part of the drawee) to pay it when due.
To accept service Law, to agree that a writ or process shall be considered as regularly served, when it has not been.
To accept the person Eccl., to show favoritism. “God accepteth no man's person.” --Gal. ii. 6.
Syn: -- To receive; take; admit. See Receive.
Ac·cept, a. Accepted. [Obs.]
v 1: consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this
church"; "accept an argument" [ant: 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"
[syn: take, have] [ant: refuse]
3: give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; "I
cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"
[syn: consent, go for] [ant: refuse]
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" [syn: 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" [syn: 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 idiosyncracies" [syn: live with, swallow]
8: be designed to hold or take; "This surface will not take the
dye" [syn: take]
9: of a deliberative body: receive (a report) officially, as
from a committee
10: make use of or accept for some purpose; "take a risk"; "take
an opportunity" [syn: take]
11: be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated
mammal; "The cow accepted the bull"