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accept someone as something

to consent to receive or consider someone as a particular type of person or a person who can serve a particular role. Sally finally accepted herself as the only possible peacemaker in the dispute.
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accept something as something

 
1. to agree that something will serve in payment of a debt or in return for something. This receipt shows that we have accepted your money as payment on your debt. This money has been accepted as reimbursement for the expenditure.
2. to resign [oneself] to something that cannot be changed. I must accept what you say as the final decision.
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I can accept that.

Inf. I accept your evaluation as valid. Bob: Now, you'll probably like doing the other job much better. It doesn't call for you to do the things you don't do well. Tom: I can accept that. Sue: On your evaluation this time, I noted that you need to work on telephone manners a little bit. Bill: I can accept that.
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I can't accept that.

Inf. I do not believe what you said.; I reject what you said. Sue: The mechanic says we need a whole new engine. John: What? I can't accept that! Tom: You're now going to work on the night shift. You don't seem to be able to get along with some of the people on the day shift. Bob: I can't accept that. It's them, not me.
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receive something from some place

to get and accept something from some place. I just received a letter from Budapest! Mary received a package from Japan.
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accept/take something as gospel (truth)

to believe that something is completely true You shouldn't accept as gospel everything you read in the newspapers.
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References in classic literature ?
What you mean is that people accept an immediate pain rather than an immediate pleasure.
Trees, painted on flat cardboard and stuck up on each side of the stage, we accept as a forest.
Isabel, at Miss Pink's intercession, was induced to accept her lover's excuses, and, in the event of her favorable reception by Hardyman's parents at the farm, to give her consent (not very willingly even yet) to hastening the ceremony which was to make her Hardyman's wife.
I can honestly ask you to accept my heart's dearest wishes for your happiness--and I can keep the rest to myself.
I shall ask you to accept a little present from me, among the other offerings that are made to you before the wedding day.
I could offer to lend the scoundrel the money that he wanted at an hour's notice, and he was the man to accept my proposal quite as easily as I could make it.
Van Brandt," she rejoined, "and I will accept your help gratefully.
The child accepts me as her second father," I said.
You know not whom you have affronted; he is a nobleman of the first rank and fortune, and yesterday made proposals to your daughter; and such as I am sure you must accept with the highest pleasure.
As matters stood, he had no choice but to accept Mr.
Also that I can accept no second or inferior position.
I could only accept it on terms of perfect equality, as a companion, protector, Mentor, and friend.
Mr Dorrit, in spite of his sense of his importance, felt as if it would be quite a kindness in her to accept it on any conditions.
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He returned in 1991, brought by a boyfriend who had heard that Unitarian Universalist churches accept gay people.