KJV Dictionary Definition: accept


ACCEPT', v.t. L. accepto, from accipio, ad and capio, to take.

1. To take or receive what is offered, with a consenting mind; to receive with approbation or favor.

Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands. Deut. 33.

He made an offer which was accepted.

Observe the difference between receive and accept.

He received an appointment or the offer of a commission, but he did not accept it.

2. To regard with partiality; to value or esteem.

It is not good to accept the person of the wicked. Prov. 28. 2 Cor. 8.

In theology, acceptance with God implies forgiveness of sins and reception into his favor.

3. To consent or agree to; to receive as terms of a contract; as, to accept a treaty; often followed by of.

Accept of the terms.

4. To understand; to have a particular idea of; to receive in a particular sense.

How is this phrase to be accepted?

5. In commerce, to agree or promise to pay, as a bill of exchange. See Acceptance.



1. That may be received with pleasure; hence pleasing to a receiver; gratifying; as an acceptable present.

2. Agreeable or pleasing in person; as, a man makes himself acceptable by his services or civilities.


ACCEPT'ABLENESS, n. the quality of being agreeable to a ACCEPTABIL'ITY, receiver, or to a person with whom one has intercourse. The latter word is little used, or not at all.


ACCEPT'ABLY, adv. In a manner to please, or give satisfaction.

Let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably.

Heb. 12.



1. A receiving with approbation or satisfaction; favorable reception; as work done to acceptance.

They shall come up with acceptance on my altar. Isa. 60.

2. the receiving of a bill of exchange or order, in such a manner, as to bind the acceptor to make payment. This must be by express words; and to charge the drawer with costs, in case of non payment, the acceptance must be in writing, under across, or on the back of the bill.

3. An agreeing to terms or proposals in commerce, by which a bargain is concluded and the parties bound.

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4. An agreeing to the act or contact of another, by some act which binds the person in law; as, a bishop's taking rent reserved on a lease made by his predecessor, is an acceptance of the terms of the lease and binds the party.

5. In mercantile language, a bill of exchange accepted; as a merchant receives another's acceptance in payment.

6. Formerly, the sense is which a word is understood. Obs.

See Acceptation.



1. Kind reception; a receiving with favor or approbation.

This is a saying worthy of all acceptation. 1 Tim. 1.

2. A state of being acceptable; favorable regard.

Some things are of great dignity and acceptation with God

But in this sense acceptableness is more generally used.

3. the meaning or sense in which a word or expression is understood, or generally received; as a term is to be used according to its usual acceptation.

4. Reception in general. Obs.


ACCEPT'ED, pp. Kindly received; regarded; agreed to; understood; received as a bill of exchange.


ACCEPT'ER, OR ACCEPT'OR, n. A person who accepts; the person who receives a bill of exchange so as to bind himself to pay it. See Acceptance.


ACCEPT'ING, ppr. Receiving favorably; agreeing to; understanding.


ACCEP'TION, n. The received sense of a word. Not now used.


ACCEPT'IVE, a. Ready to accept. Not used.