receipt

noun
re·​ceipt | \ ri-ˈsēt How to pronounce receipt (audio) \

Definition of receipt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money
b receipts, plural, informal : proof, evidence … he is on the hook right now for some pretty major charges that Mueller has the receipts for …— Asha Rangappa However, it was just a few weeks earlier that the reality star was crushing on another lovely lady … and we've got the receipts to prove it! HollywoodLife has text messages between the two …— Sarah Jones
2 : the act or process of receiving
3 : something received usually used in plural
4 : recipe
5a obsolete : receptacle
b archaic : a revenue office

receipt

verb
receipted; receipting; receipts

Definition of receipt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a receipt for or acknowledge the receipt of
2 : to mark as paid

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The History of Receipt and Recipe

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.

Examples of receipt in a Sentence

Noun Keep your receipt in case you need to return anything. The form should be completed and returned within 30 days of receipt. Open immediately upon receipt of the package. Our company deposits cash receipts every day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, Orix said in a statement. Taiga Uranaka, Bloomberg.com, "Orix to Buy Spanish Energy Firm Elawan for About $965 Million," 28 Dec. 2020 Most followed receipt of the Pfizer vaccine, but a Boston doctor with a shellfish allergy developed a severe allergic reaction after receiving the Moderna vaccine. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The curse of the incidental illness: Seen as side effects to Covid vaccinations, ailments may have little to do with them," 28 Dec. 2020 Rall acknowledged receipt of this important intelligence at about the same time that Washington was beginning his crossing. James Freeman, WSJ, "Christmases Past and Future," 24 Dec. 2020 Vu said the recount would take place no later than seven days after receipt of the request for the recount. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County Democrats ask for recount in Santee City Council District 4," 8 Dec. 2020 Do this by email and follow it up with first-class mail, return receipt requested. Dallas News, "Dead sharks and rogue agents: Act fast to minimize exposure," 29 Nov. 2020 Nor will it ever be established whether the Biden family’s receipt of millions from Russia, China, and Ukraine while Joe Biden was vice president constituted crimes, or just mere improprieties compounded by lies and disinformation. Conrad Black, National Review, "Hell, Yes," 28 Oct. 2020 Representatives from the Small Business Administration and Atlantic Diving Supply did not comment on the company’s receipt of SBA loans. Washington Post, "Defense contractor with billions in sales got millions in pandemic loans intended for small businesses," 3 Aug. 2020 Administration officials also are expected to clarify the priority lists for receipt of vaccines – that is, which groups get it first, and why. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "President Trump to hold White House COVID-19 summit as pressure mounts for FDA vaccine approval," 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since the company’s American depository receipts trade in New York, there’s also the threat of expensive class-action suits. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Infosys May Need Some Private Time to Fix Itself," 22 Oct. 2019 Ground transportation for Vice President Mike Pence's stay at President Donald Trump's Doonbeg, Ireland, resort cost taxpayers nearly $600,000, according to State Department receipts. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Pence's Doonbeg detour cost nearly $600K in ground transportation fees," 11 Sep. 2019 The state’s supplemental operating budget increases that receipt authority, though the governor has not yet signed that budget. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "State avoids Medicaid funding gap, will pay doctors and hospitals without interruption," 13 June 2019 Last year, Beijing wanted to lure Chinese tech companies to list in the mainland by issuing Chinese depository receipts dubbed CDR, akin to the ADRs and GDRs used to facilitate global companies in New York and London. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Irrational Exuberance Endangers China’s Nasdaq," 3 Apr. 2019 Fred Trump then used the padded All County receipts to justify bigger rent increases for thousands of tenants. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Seriously, we need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns," 3 Oct. 2018 Fred Trump then used the padded All County receipts to justify bigger rent increases for thousands of tenants. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The state’s supplemental operating budget increases that receipt authority, though the governor has not yet signed that budget. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "State avoids Medicaid funding gap, will pay doctors and hospitals without interruption," 13 June 2019 Last year, Beijing wanted to lure Chinese tech companies to list in the mainland by issuing Chinese depository receipts dubbed CDR, akin to the ADRs and GDRs used to facilitate global companies in New York and London. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Irrational Exuberance Endangers China’s Nasdaq," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of receipt

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for receipt

Noun

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

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The first known use of receipt was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Receipt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receipt. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for receipt

receipt

noun
How to pronounce receipt (audio)

English Language Learners 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
formal : the act of receiving something
: money that a business, bank, or government receives

receipt

noun
re·​ceipt | \ ri-ˈsēt How to pronounce receipt (audio) \

Kids Definition of receipt

1 : a written statement saying that money or goods have been received
2 : recipe
3 : the act of receiving I acknowledged receipt of the letter.
4 receipts plural : something received Put the receipts from the sale in a safe place.

receipt

noun
re·​ceipt | \ ri-ˈsēt How to pronounce receipt (audio) \

Legal Definition of receipt

1 : the act, process, or fact of taking possession
2 : something (as income) received usually used in pl.
3 : a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money

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