accept vs except :

accept or except

If you offer me Godiva chocolates I will gladly accept them—except for the candied violet ones. Just remember that the “X” in “except” excludes things—they tend to stand out, be different. In contrast, just look at those two cozy “C’s” snuggling up together. Very accepting. And be careful; when typing “except” it often comes out “expect.”

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Definitions

  • v  consider or hold as true
    I cannot accept the dogma of this church
    accept an argument
  • v  receive willingly something given or offered
    Please accept my present
  • v  give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
    I cannot accept your invitation
  • v  react favorably to; consider right and proper
    People did not accept atonal music at that time
    We accept the idea of universal health care
  • v  admit into a group or community
    accept students for graduate study
  • v  take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
    I'll accept the charges
  • v  tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions
  • v  be designed to hold or take
  • v  receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
  • v  make use of or accept for some purpose
  • v  be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal
    The cow accepted the bull

  • v  take exception to
  • v  prevent from being included or considered or accepted
News & Articles


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    June 13, 2013 - The Atlantic via Yahoo! Finance
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  • Quoted: Kanye West regrets nothing
    Except for that shirt he wore the time he insulted George Bush.
    June 12, 2013 - Washington Post