receipt

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

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

The History of Receipt and Recipe

These days it may seem odd to speak of "grandma's cookie receipt," but in the past, receipt was a synonym of recipe. Early use of receipt refers to medicinal preparations. Recipe didn't arrive until the 1500s, and it too was first used to describe a formula for medicine. In time, both words gained use in cookery, after which recipe slowly became the preferred word. Receipt later acquired its more familiar sense of "a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money." Both words, receipt and recipe, ultimately derive from Latin recipere ("to receive").

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unsure how else to protect their merchandise, retailers began adding locks, receipt checks and other physical barriers to theft. Bjoern Petersen, Forbes, 17 May 2022 After Jonathan finds the receipt for those Bloomingdale's gloves years later, some small errors are present. Janaya Wecker, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2022 The wire transfer receipt from Pacific Gas & Electric’s $263 million settlement went for more than $700. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Corporate refused to take responsibility despite proof of receipt and confirmation from a mechanic shop. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Apr. 2022 No receipt is needed to get the $50 credit, the retailer stated. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2022 The bar tab for the group of 15, which included $95 bottles of wine, came to $1,230, according to a receipt and expense report filed with the secretariat. Todd Woody, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Oscar Holland writes that the receipt, which is less than eight inches wide, was designed to look like a banker’s check. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 The new law would ban the sale, receipt and transfer of unfinished frames or receivers that are not serialized by the manufacturer, and the ban to purchase new ghost guns would take effect June 1. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 3 Apr. 2019 Fred Trump then used the padded All County receipts to justify bigger rent increases for thousands of tenants. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, 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, 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, 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, 3 Apr. 2019 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Receipt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receipt. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for receipt

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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