1 GIFT/OFFER/INVITATION (I, T) to take something that someone offers you, or to agree to do something that someone asked you to do: Please accept this small gift. | I've decided to accept the job. | Are you going to accept their invitation? | We've invited her here to give a talk, and she's accepted. | accept sth from sb: He is charged with accepting bribes from local companies. | accept a challenge (=agree to do something difficult)
-see refuse 1
2 PLAN/SUGGESTION/ADVICE (T) to decide to do what someone advises or suggests you should do: I wish I'd accepted your advice and kept my money in the bank.
3 IDEA/STATEMENT/EXPLANATION (T) to agree that what someone says is right or true: She managed to persuade the jury to accept her version of events. | accept that: I'm willing to accept that some mistakes have been made.
4 SITUATION/PROBLEM ETC (T) to decide that there is nothing you can do to change a difficult and unpleasant situation or fact and continue with your normal life: There's nothing we can do about it so we'll just have to accept it. | accept the fact that: I found it hard to accept the fact that she'd gone.
5 THINK SB/STH GOOD ENOUGH (T) to decide that someone has the necessary skill or intelligence for a particular job, course etc or that a piece of work is good enough: accept sb/sth for: My story's been accepted for the school magazine.
6 BECOME PART OF (T) to allow someone to become part of a group, society, or organization and to treat them in the same way as the other members: The children gradually began to accept her as one of the family. | accept sb into: It often takes years for immigrants to be accepted into the host community.
7 accept blame/responsibility to admit that you were responsible for something bad that happened: The ship's owners are refusing to accept any responsibility for the accident.
8 accept sb's apology to say that you are no longer angry with someone after they have said they were sorry about something they have done
9 MONEY (T) to allow customers to use a particular kind of money to pay for things: We don't accept travelers' checks.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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