noun re·cep·tion \ri-ˈsep-shən\

: the kind of welcome that someone or something is given

: a social gathering to celebrate something or to welcome someone

: the act or process of receiving, welcoming, or accepting something or someone

Full Definition of RECEPTION

:  the act or action or an instance of receiving: as
a :  receipt <the reception and distribution of funds>
b :  admission <reception into the church>
c :  response, reaction <the play met with a mixed reception>
d :  the receiving of a radio or television broadcast
e :  the catching of a forward pass by a receiver
:  a social gathering often for the purpose of extending a formal welcome

Examples of RECEPTION

  1. The school held a reception for the new students and their families.
  2. He decided to run for a seat on the school committee only a year after his reception into the community.
  3. Her job is to deal with the reception of donations.


Middle English recepcion, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reception, from Latin reception-, receptio, from recipere
First Known Use: 15th century


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