verb (used with object), received, receiving.
to take into one’s possession (something offered or delivered):
to receive many gifts.
to have (something) bestowed, conferred, etc.:
to receive an honorary degree.
to have delivered or brought to one:
to receive a letter.
to get or be informed of:
to receive instructions; to receive news.
to be burdened with; sustain:
to receive a heavy load.
to hold, bear, or contain:
The nut receives a bolt and a washer. The plaster receives the impression of the mold.
to take into the mind; apprehend mentally:
to receive an idea.
to accept from another by hearing or listening:
A priest received his confession.
to meet with; experience:
to receive attention.
to suffer the injury of:
He received a terrific blow on the forehead.
to be at home to (visitors):
They received their neighbors on Sunday.
to greet or welcome (guests, visitors, etc.) upon arriving:
They received us at the front door.
to admit (a person) to a place:
The butler received him and asked him to wait in the drawing room.
to admit into an organization, membership, etc.:
to receive someone into the group.
to accept as authoritative, valid, true, or approved:
a principle universally received.
to react to in the manner specified:
to receive a proposal with contempt; She received the job offer with joy.
verb (used without object), received, receiving.
to receive something.
to receive visitors or guests.
Radio. to convert incoming electromagnetic waves into the original signal.
to receive the Eucharist:
He receives every Sunday.
verb (mainly transitive)
to take (something offered) into one’s hand or possession
to have (an honour, blessing, etc) bestowed
to accept delivery or transmission of (a letter, telephone call, etc)
to be informed of (news or information)
to hear and consent to or acknowledge (an oath, confession, etc)
(of a vessel or container) to take or hold (a substance, commodity, or certain amount)
to support or sustain (the weight of something); bear
to apprehend or perceive (ideas, etc)
to experience, undergo, or meet with: to receive a crack on the skull
(also intransitive) to be at home to (visitors)
to greet or welcome (visitors or guests), esp in formal style
to admit (a person) to a place, society, condition, etc: he was received into the priesthood
to accept or acknowledge (a precept or principle) as true or valid
to convert (incoming radio signals) into sounds, pictures, etc, by means of a receiver
(also intransitive) (tennis) to play at the other end from the server; be required to return (service)
(also intransitive) to partake of (the Christian Eucharist)
(intransitive) (mainly Brit) to buy and sell stolen goods
c.1300, from Old North French receivre (Old French recoivre) “seize, take hold of, pick up; welcome, accept,” from Latin recipere “regain, take back, bring back, carry back, recover; take to oneself, take in, admit,” from re- “back,” though the exact sense here is obscure (see re-) + -cipere, comb. form of capere “to take” (see capable). Radio and (later) television sense is attested from 1908. Related: Received; receiving.
see: on the receiving end
noun 1. a small blanket, usually of cotton, for wrapping an infant, especially following a bath.
noun 1. the position in which one is subject to some kind of action or effect, especially an unpleasant one (usually used in the phrase at or on the receiving end): The corporation is on the receiving end of many complaints about its advertising.
noun 1. a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, for receiving guests formally at a ball, reception, etc.
- Receiving order
noun 1. (Brit, obsolete) a court order appointing a receiver to manage the property of a debtor or bankrupt Official name bankruptcy order