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 Keep your receipts, car maintenance records, leases, bank statements, etc. cleveland.com, "11 financial lessons that parents, schools should teach kids: Money Matters," 15 Sep. 2019 The box office failure didn’t seem to deter Reeves, though; his fandom seems to be completely divorced from his box office receipts at this point. Aja Romano, Vox, "Keanu Reeves, explained," 16 Aug. 2019 Domestic receipts in 2019 are down nearly 10% from the same period of time a year ago, according to Comscore. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is poised to become the latest Marvel hit," 2 July 2019 In those two countries, 80% of small businesses use WhatsApp as part of their business activities, such as exchanging bills and receipts with customers and suppliers. Nir Kshetri, Quartz India, "Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra, could be a boon for developing nations like India," 26 June 2019 In those two countries, 80% of small businesses use WhatsApp as part of their business activities, such as exchanging bills and receipts with customers and suppliers. Nir Kshetri, The Conversation, "Facebook’s Libra may be quite attractive in developing countries," 25 June 2019 After Charon’s body was found, receipts in his pocket from a San Diego liquor store led sheriff’s homicide detectives to uncover surveillance video of the victim with Wesley. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Woman, 19, admits role in shooting death of boyfriend's friend," 27 Apr. 2018 With analysts predicting around $35 million in receipts in its opening frame, it's also expected to finish tops among new releases. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Is Dwayne Johnson's 'Rampage' worth seeing?," 13 Apr. 2018 But then her mother, who was living with them, found a receipt in Mr. Cruz’s room for a gun and bullets from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Anemona Hartocollis And Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "She Gave Nikolas Cruz an Ultimatum: The Gun Goes, or You Do. He Chose the Gun.," 20 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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receipt

noun
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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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