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noun re·ceipt \ri-ˈsēt\

Simple Definition of receipt

  • : a piece of paper on which the things that you buy or the services that you pay for are listed with the total amount paid and the prices for each

  • : the act of receiving something

  • receipts : money that a business, bank, or government receives

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of receipt

  1. 1 :  recipe

  2. 2 a obsolete :  receptacle b archaic :  a revenue office

  3. 3 :  the act or process of receiving

  4. 4 :  something received —usually used in plural

  5. 5 :  a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money

Examples of receipt in a sentence

  1. Keep your receipt in case you need to return anything.

  2. The form should be completed and returned within 30 days of receipt.

  3. Open immediately upon receipt of the package.

  4. Our company deposits cash receipts every day.

Did You Know?

These days it may seem odd to speak of "grandma's cookie receipt," but at one time the only meaning of "receipt" was "recipe." The first recorded use of "receipt" is a reference to a medicinal preparation in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (c. 1386). "Recipe" didn't arrive until the 1500s, and it was also first used to describe medicine. Both words began to be applied to cooking only in the 18th century, after which "recipe" slowly became the preferred word. "Receipt" acquired its currently more familiar sense of "a written statement saying that money or goods have been received" in the 17th century. Both "receipt" and "recipe" are thought to be ultimately derived from Latin recipere ("to receive"), making them probable relatives as well as synonyms.

Origin and Etymology of receipt

Middle English receite, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin recepta, probably from Latin, neuter plural of receptus, past participle of recipere to receive

First Known Use: 14th century



verb re·ceipt

Definition of receipt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a receipt for or acknowledge the receipt of

  3. 2 :  to mark as paid

RECEIPT Defined for Kids


noun re·ceipt \ri-ˈsēt\

Definition of receipt for Students

  1. 1 :  a written statement saying that money or goods have been received

  2. 2 :  recipe

  3. 3 :  the act of receiving <I acknowledged receipt of the letter.>

  4. 4 receipts plural :  something received <Put the receipts from the sale in a safe place.>

Law Dictionary


noun re·ceipt \ri-ˈsēt\

Legal Definition of receipt

  1. 1 :  the act, process, or fact of taking possession

  2. 2 :  something (as income) received —usually used in plural

  3. 3 :  a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money

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