Accept | IELTS words
To accept is to take something offered or to receive something willingly.
- She accepted his invitation to dance.
- She accepted his apology.
- The police did not accept his version of the story.
Accept can also mean assume, undertake, bear, admit, acknowledge etc.
- The captain accepted full responsibility for the dismal performance of his team.
Antonyms of accept
Refuse, decline, reject, spurn, deny, disavow etc.
- She refused his invitation. (= She did not accept his invitation.)
- She rejected his proposal.
Accept and except
These expressions are often confused.
- To accept is to take something offered.
Study the examples given below.
- She accepted the job offer.
- He accepted her apology.
- He accepted the gift.
Except means ‘with the exception of’.
- I like everyone except you. (= I don’t like you but I like everyone else.)
- Everyone came except for James. (= James did not come; everyone else came.)
To expect something is to look forward to it or anticipate it.
- We expect to win the first prize.
- The nation expects everyone to do their duty.
If something is acceptable, it is worthy, good, agreeable, proper or satisfactory.
- He said that the contract was not acceptable to him.
- His grades were acceptable; even so he didn’t get admission.
Antonyms: unacceptable, unsatisfactory, unsuitable etc
Acceptance means reception, receiving, accepting, taking etc.
- Einstein’s Theory of Relativity took several years to gain acceptance.
Acceptance antonyms: rejection, refusal, rejection, disapproval etc.
Accepted means acceptable, approved, established, common, normal, regular, customary etc.
- Camels are the accepted means of transportation in the desert.
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