Derive vs Accept - What's the difference?

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Derive is a related term of accept.

As verbs the difference between derive and accept

is that derive is while accept is to receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.

As a noun derive

is drift.

As an adjective accept is

(obsolete) accepted.




  • To obtain or receive (something) from something else.
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  • (logic) To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.
  • (linguistics) To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).
  • (chemistry) To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.
  • To originate or stem (from).
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  • , author=Robert M. Pringle, volume=100, issue=1, page=31, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= How to Be Manipulative , passage=As in much of biology, the most satisfying truths in ecology derive from manipulative experimentation. Tinker with nature and quantify how it responds.}}
  • To turn the course of (water, etc.); to divert and distribute into subordinate channels.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) Holland
  • For fear it [water] choke up the pitsthey [the workman] derive it by other drains.


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    (en verb)
  • To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
  • * (rfdate)
  • She accepted of a treat.
  • * (rfdate), Psalms 20:3
  • The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice.
  • To admit to a place or a group.
  • The Boy Scouts were going to accept him as a member.
  • To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.
  • I accept the fact that Christ lived.
  • To receive as adequate or satisfactory.
  • To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.
  • I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.
  • To endure patiently.
  • I accept my punishment.
  • (transitive, legal, business) To agree to pay.
  • To receive officially
  • to accept the report of a committee
  • To receive something willingly.
  • I accept .


    * receive * take * withtake * admit


    * reject * decline

    Derived terms

    * accepted * acceptedly * accepter * acceptive * accept a bill * accept person * accept service


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Accepted.
  • * 1599 , (William Shakespeare), , V-ii
  • Pass our accept and peremptory answer.