re·​ceived | \ri-ˈsēvd \

Definition of received 

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

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Examples of received in a Sentence

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

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Another person received burns to the face, and another ended up with debris in their eye, according to the D.C. Fire and EMS Department. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Illegal fireworks spark injuries, confiscations across D.C. region," 5 July 2018 It’s Friday, and my offer to buy 21st Century Fox in exchange for my collection of Titanic memorabilia still has not received regulatory approval. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Documentaries Just Might Solve Everything," 29 June 2018 The received wisdom is that the Netherlands should have won the 1974 World Cup., "World Cup Countdown: 5 Days to Go - What if it Hadn't Rained During Poland vs. West Germany?," 9 June 2018 Equilibrium, for example, has so far received $204,000 in state grants. C. J. Hughes, New York Times, "How Craft Breweries Are Helping to Revive Local Economies," 27 Feb. 2018 Leventhal reported a cash balance of nearly $180,000 and has so far received $279,000 in matching funds. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Berliner ahead in early fundraising for Montgomery executive, but public financing muddles the numbers," 18 Jan. 2018 Your Mind, a Leadbelly tribute CD with my blues band, Shoe Suede Blues, which features a couple of tracks with my brother Nick, and which has been very well received. Steve Marinucci, Billboard, "The Monkees' Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz on Their New Tour, TV Legacy & the Rock Hall of Fame," 30 May 2018 Delta had led a charge of the big three U.S. carriers that claimed that the three big Middle East carriers – Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad – had all received state subsidies. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Delta Air Lines will resume India flights in 2019," 24 May 2018 While his side would probably be able to manage without their creative midfielder against a 15th placed Sassuolo, his inclusion will be very well received., "Marek Hamsik Hands Napoli Big Injury Boost With Return to Training Ahead of Sassuolo Encounter," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of received

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of received

: widely accepted

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