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To Acce'pt v.a. [accipio, Lat. accepter, Fr.]

  1. To take with pleasure; to receive kindly; to admit with approbation. It is distinguished from receive, as specific from general; noting a particular manner of receiving.

    Neither do ye kindle fire on my altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, faith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. Malachi, i. 10.

    Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but, in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts, x. 34, 35.

    You have have been graciously pleased to accept this tender of my duty. Dryden's Dedication to his Fables.

    Charm by accepting, by submitting sway,
    Yet have your humour most when you obey.

  2. It is used in a kind of juridical sense; as, to accept terms, accept a treaty.

    His promise Palamon accepts, but pray'd
    To keep it better than the first he made.
    Dryden's Fables.

  3. In the language of the bible, to accept persons, is to act with personal and partial regard.

    He will surely reprove you, if you do secretly accept persons. Job, xiii. 10.

  4. It is sometimes used with the particle of.

    I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me. Genesis, xxxii. 20.

Sources: The Bible - Acts (20) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · The Bible - Job (27) · The Bible - Malachi (2) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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