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

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 One week after Anna's announcement, Josh was arrested on one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, 16 Nov. 2021 Maryland assesses property once every three years, and appeals must be sent within 45 days of receipt. Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2021 In July, Madden pleaded guilty to three counts of receipt of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of creation of an animal crush video. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Oct. 2021 The New York order only requires proof of receipt of at least one vaccine dose. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 One of the requirements that must be met in order for a rollover to be considered proper is that it must be completed within 60 days of receipt. Denise Appleby, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Or, more accurately, as the back of a receipt — something that’s grabbed more for convenience than function to jot down something urgent and fleeting. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, 12 Sep. 2021 This dependence, when paired with the untethering of receipt of benefits from the requirement to work or to search for work, repeats some of the same post–Great Recession policy mistakes that resulted in a weak and prolonged recovery. Cale Clingenpeel, National Review, 9 Sep. 2021 Oliver ordered the city and the police department to provide information within 21 days of receipt of a request of information from the commission. John Caniglia, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receipt. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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
: 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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