receipt

noun
re·​ceipt | \ ri-ˈsēt \

Definition of receipt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money
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 Tonys, hosted by singer-songriter-actors Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, capped another record year on Broadway with $1.7 billion in box office receipts, despite the smallest number of new productions in 20 years. Chris Michaud, Anchorage Daily News, "“The Band’s Visit” sweeps Tony Awards as “Harry Potter” wins best play," 11 June 2018 Companies currently have a two-year window to start their productions and must turn in receipts for their expenses within four years, Hall said. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Even Kentucky's film office can't justify losing millions to filmmakers," 17 May 2018 The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported more than $71 million in receipts at the end of April, the last reporting period, compared to under $58 million for the NRSC. Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle, "Republican donors beginning to reopen the money spigot," 14 May 2018 These are just the receipts to back up our point!), the couple's monthly mortgage payments are more than $200,000. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Beyonce And Jay-Z's Monthly Mortgage Might Cost More Than Your Entire House," 28 Sep. 2018 Simply save the receipt and stop by the Howard County Welcome Center on Main Street to redeem your prizes. Valerie Bonk, Howard County Times, "10 ways to beat the heat in Howard County this summer," 6 June 2018 The latest spending receipts show the special counsel’s office directly spent $4.5 million from October to March. Laignee Barron, Time, "Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation Has Cost $16.7 Million, Report Shows," 1 June 2018 Many times, DeMure would buy the replacement item, provide the receipt to the bank, and then return the item, while the bank paid out the remaining money. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Charges say Anchorage US Army officer lied about thefts to collect $400K in insurance money," 25 May 2018 There’s a doc here for almost everybody, in other words — and this year, judging by the box-office receipts, everybody has been finding one to watch. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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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

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 \

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 \

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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