receive

verb
re·​ceive | \ ri-ˈsēv How to pronounce receive (audio) \
received; receiving

Definition of receive

transitive verb

1 : to come into possession of : acquire receive a gift
2a : to act as a receptacle or container for the cistern receives water from the roof
b : to assimilate through the mind or senses receive new ideas
3a : to permit to enter : admit
c : to react to in a specified manner
4 : to accept as authoritative, true, or accurate : believe
5a : to support the weight or pressure of : bear
b : to take (a mark or impression) from the weight of something some clay receives clear impressions
c : acquire, experience received his early schooling at home
d : to suffer the hurt or injury of received a broken nose

intransitive verb

1 : to be a recipient
2 : to be at home to visitors receives on Tuesdays
3 : to convert incoming radio waves into perceptible signals
4 : to prepare to take possession of the ball from a kick in football

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Examples of receive in a Sentence

… his stark and devastating description of Vichy collaborationism (which he based on German and American archives) was rather badly received in France … — Stanley Hoffmann, New York Times Book Review, 1 Nov. 1981 George, white-gloved, with a gardenia in his buttonhole, stood with his mother and the Major, embowered in the big red and gold drawing room downstairs, to "receive" the guests; and, standing thus together, the trio offered a picturesque example of good looks persistent through three generations. — Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons, 1918 From this time the astronomer was received into familiar friendship, and partook of all their projects and pleasures: his respect kept him attentive, and the activity of Rasselas did not leave much time unengaged. — Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, 1759 You will be charged a late fee if the electric company does not receive your payment on time. I received a letter from her yesterday. You will receive a discount if you spend over $100. She received the news of his death with remarkable calmness.
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Recent Examples on the Web Stop at the Nature Center to receive your clues and set out for a day of discovery in Wisconsin's third oldest state park. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha JanBoree, Hot Chocolate Fest, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 12 Jan. 2020 Tagovailoa was in town to receive the Bobby Bowden Award on Friday as LSU and Clemson pulled into town for Monday’s title game. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Ed Orgeron says Tua Tagovailoa among best college football players ever," 11 Jan. 2020 Though none of that legislation came to fruition, Tallchief was the first Native American to receive billing equal to Tom Mix’s favorite steed, Tony the Wonder Horse. Jennifer Crittenden, The New Yorker, "The Path-Less-Travelled Hollywood Cemetery Tour," 11 Jan. 2020 To receive a variance, a clinic must provide a list of doctors willing to treat patients in case of emergencies. USA TODAY, "Gray whale tows calf, wolves on the move, John Dillinger won’t be exhumed; News from around our 50 states," 11 Jan. 2020 Qaboos opened lines with China and the Soviet Union, and in 1994 Oman welcomed Yitzhak Rabin, making it the first Gulf state to receive an Israeli prime minister. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Sultan Qaboos, Who Built Oman Into a Prosperous Oasis of Peacemaking, Dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 His income from the Duchy of Cornwall currently funds both Prince William and Prince Harry, who is thought to receive about £2 million pounds a year. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Realistic is Financial Independence for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?," 11 Jan. 2020 And Boeing earlier this week reversed its stance on simulator training, and is now advising pilots to receive more simulator training on how to fly the company's 737 Max plane. CBS News, "Boeing employee emails say 737 MAX was "designed by clowns"," 10 Jan. 2020 Mookie Betts agreed to receive $27 million from the Red Sox for the 2020 season, a record for an arbitration-eligible player. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Mookie Betts settles for record $27 million to avoid arbitration; Jackie Bradley Jr. agrees to $11 million," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of receive

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for receive

Middle English, from Anglo-French receivre, from Latin recipere, from re- + capere to take — more at heave entry 1

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

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Receive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receive. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for receive

receive

verb
How to pronounce receive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of receive

: to get or be given (something)
: to react to (something) in a specified way
formal : to welcome (someone) in usually a formal way

receive

verb
re·​ceive | \ ri-ˈsēv How to pronounce receive (audio) \
received; receiving

Kids Definition of receive

1 : to take or get something that is given, paid, or sent Did you receive the money I sent?
2 : experience entry 2 Stone Fox refused to speak with the white man because of the treatment his people had received.— John Reynolds Gardiner, Stone Fox
3 : to accept as a visitor or member : welcome She's too ill to receive friends.
4 : to change incoming radio waves into sounds or pictures

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