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English verb: accept

1. accept (cognition) consider or hold as true

SamplesI cannot accept the dogma of this church.
Accept an argument.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)abide by, acknowledge, acknowledge, adopt, approbate, believe, embrace, espouse, honor, honour, know, observe, receive, recognise, recognize, reconcile, resign, respect, submit, sweep up, take a bow

Verb groupaccept


2. accept (possession) receive willingly something given or offered

SamplesThe only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter.
I won't have this dog in my house!.
Please accept my present.

Synonymshave, take

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)accept, admit, adopt, borrow, honor, honour, take, take on, take over, take up, welcome

Verb grouphave, receive

Antonymspass up, turn down, decline, refuse, reject

3. accept (communication) give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

SamplesI cannot accept your invitation.
I go for this resolution.

Synonymsconsent, go for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

Narrower (hyponym)agree, allow, buckle under, contract in, countenance, give, give in, knuckle under, let, permit, settle, succumb, take in charge, undertake, yield

Antonymsrefuse, decline

4. accept (cognition) react favorably to; consider right and proper

SamplesPeople did not accept atonal music at that time.
We accept the idea of universal health care.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

Verb groupaccept

5. accept (possession) admit into a group or community

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

ExamplesSam cannot accept Sue

Synonymsadmit, take, take on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accept, have, take

Narrower (hyponym)profess

Verb groupadmit, include, let in

6. accept (possession) take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

SamplesI'll accept the charges.
She agreed to bear the responsibility.

Synonymsassume, bear, take over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take

Narrower (hyponym)carry-the can, face the music

7. accept (cognition) tolerate or accommodate oneself to

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

Synonymslive with, swallow

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

8. accept (stative) be designed to hold or take

SamplesThis surface will not take the dye.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

9. accept (possession) receive (a report) officially, as from a committee

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)have, receive

10. accept (possession) make use of or accept for some purpose

SamplesTake a risk.
Take an opportunity.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)co-opt

11. accept (cognition) be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal

SamplesThe cow accepted the bull.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

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