Definition of received

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of receive


re·​ceived | \ ri-ˈsēvd How to pronounce received (audio) \

Definition of received (Entry 2 of 2)

: generally accepted : common a healthy skepticism about received explanations— B. K. Lewalski

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Synonyms & Antonyms for received

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of received in a Sentence

Adjective What was radical thinking in times past has become received wisdom today. traditionally the received opinion was that, in the event of a divorce, the mother should get custody of the children
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Brutes challenges the received wisdom that colonialism was a uniquely European form of white-supremacist violence. Judy Berman, Time, "Exterminate All the Brutes," 7 Apr. 2021 The received wisdom of a society, any society, is never benign. Aatish Taseer, Travel + Leisure, "From James Baldwin to V. S. Naipaul, the Greatest Travel Writers Have Always Brought Multiple Perspectives," 27 Mar. 2021 For her role as Bluth in Arrested Development, Walter was again nominated for an Emmy an received two Screen Actors Guild nominations. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Arrested Development star Jessica Walter dies at 80," 25 Mar. 2021 His subtitle borrows from one of Roth’s greatest novels and in doing so implies something subversive, an alternative to any received or official version. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, "Philip’s Theater," 23 Mar. 2021 Nearly 8 in 10 of those who said they had been vaccinated received doses from their employers., "More than 4 in 10 health-care workers have not been vaccinated, Post-KFF poll finds," 19 Mar. 2021 Laksmi, a koala, was one of the marsupials the received help. Kelli Bender,, "After Surviving Australia's Bushfires, a Koala Mom and Her Baby Have Returned to the Wild," 3 Mar. 2021 White Kentuckians account for about 87% of the received doses, a number that is representative of their population percentage. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Lonnie Ali, Muhammad Ali's widow, gets COVID-19 vaccine, calls it 'an act of patriotism'," 3 Mar. 2021 All five received pay raises from last season: In 2020 (before proration for the 60-game season), Farmer made $1.15 million; Fulmer, $2.8 million; Goodrum, $698,200; Jimenez, $584,900; and Norris, $2.96 million. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers avoid arbitration with five players, waiting on four others," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of received


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Received.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of received

formal : widely accepted

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