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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 ?
It will certainly accept your own measure of your doing and being, whether you sneak about and deny your own name, or whether you see your work produced to the concave sphere of the heavens, one with the revolution of the stars.
Restore them to thy master; or, if he scorns to accept them, retain them, good friend, for thine own use.
Gradually introducing the mention of the dangers to the Tradesmen, the Professional Classes and the Gentlemen, he silenced the rising murmurs of the Isosceles by reminding them that, in spite of all these defects, he was willing to accept the Bill if it was approved by the majority.
Nature does not ask your permission, she has nothing to do with your wishes, and whether you like her laws or dislike them, you are bound to accept her as she is, and consequently all her conclusions.
I perceive what you are intending to propose to me; but I cannot accept it, Edmond -- my son would not permit it.
Accept my thanks for the compliment you are paying me.
But this was immediately opposed by Tom Bertram, who asserted the part of Amelia to be in every respect the property of Miss Crawford, if she would accept it.
But, if he should accept it; if he should even think of accepting it
Some mothers would have insisted on their daughter's accepting so good an offer on the first overture; but I could not reconcile it to myself to force Frederica into a marriage from which her heart revolted, and instead of adopting so harsh a measure merely propose to make it her own choice, by rendering her thoroughly uncomfortable till she does accept him--but enough of this tiresome girl.
The furthest records or surmises or inferences simply accept it as existing.
Emerson that I accept his kind offer, and then conduct him to me, in order that I may thank him personally?
The illusion which man has that his will is free is so deeply rooted that I am ready to accept it.
I will accept your view of the situation," the girl said, still smiling, but with a faint note of disappointment in her tone.
But the whole effect is spoiled when I look at them - at Tetralani, five feet ten in her stocking feet and weighing a hundred and ninety pounds, and at Barillo, a scant five feet four, greasy-featured, with the chest of a squat, undersized blacksmith, and at the pair of them, attitudinizing, clasping their breasts, flinging their arms in the air like demented creatures in an asylum; and when I am expected to accept all this as the faithful illusion of a love-scene between a slender and beautiful princess and a handsome, romantic, young prince - why, I can't accept it, that's all.
She at once refused, not only to accept his proposal, but even to take it into consideration.