receive

11 ENTRIES FOUND:

re·ceive

verb \ri-ˈsēv\

: to get or be given (something)

: to react to (something) in a specified way

: to welcome (someone) in usually a formal way

re·ceivedre·ceiv·ing

Full Definition of RECEIVE

transitive verb
1
:  to come into possession of :  acquire <receive a gift>
2
a :  to act as a receptacle or container for <the cistern receives water from the roof>
b :  to assimilate through the mind or senses <receive new ideas>
3
a :  to permit to enter :  admit
b :  welcome, greet
c :  to react to in a specified manner
4
:  to accept as authoritative, true, or accurate :  believe
5
a :  to support the weight or pressure of :  bear
b :  to take (a mark or impression) from the weight of something <some clay receives clear impressions>
c :  acquire, experience <received his early schooling at home>
d :  to suffer the hurt or injury of <received a broken nose>
intransitive verb
1
:  to be a recipient
2
:  to be at home to visitors <receives on Tuesdays>
3
:  to convert incoming radio waves into perceptible signals
4
:  to prepare to take possession of the ball from a kick in football

Examples of RECEIVE

  1. You will be charged a late fee if the electric company does not receive your payment on time.
  2. I received a letter from her yesterday.
  3. You will receive a discount if you spend over $100.
  4. She received the news of his death with remarkable calmness.
  5. George, white-gloved, with a gardenia in his buttonhole, stood with his mother and the Major, embowered in the big red and gold drawing room downstairs, to receive the guests; and, standing thus together, the trio offered a picturesque example of good looks persistent through three generations. —Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons, 1918

Origin of RECEIVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French receivre, from Latin recipere, from re- + capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: received
Previous Word in the Dictionary: receival
All Words Near: receive

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up receive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More