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

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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The received wisdom has long been that this march toward oblivion, once sufficiently advanced, cannot be reversed. Quanta Magazine, "Cellular Life, Death and Everything in Between," 8 July 2019 To avoid the death penalty, Cron pleaded guilty and received life without parole. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019 The Buffaloes have so far received seven football commitments this month, more than any other program in the league, capping a successful first spring for Mel Tucker, the former Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Nuggets land Bol Bol: What the national media thought of Denver’s draft night," 24 June 2019 The political action committee Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales Now has so far received few other contributions. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon lumber executive spends $1 million on effort to overturn new business tax," 12 June 2019 At one point, Jimmie hears two cool girls on the bus complaining, with the received pieties that people use, about what San Francisco has become. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and the Fear of Being Erased," 7 June 2019 In a June 4 email, Elm Grove Village Manager David De Angelis said the village had not received notice of the lawsuit and declined to discuss the matter. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "North Shore Bank files an $8.7K civil lawsuit against the village of Elm Grove over real estate taxes," 4 June 2019 The majority of taxpayers—even in those states—still received tax cuts because of the rate reductions, expansion of the child tax credit, and limits on the alternative minimum tax that already curbed the deductibility of state taxes. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: The Political Implications of the Tax Overhaul," 15 Feb. 2019 The District’s experiment with dockless bike-sharing has so far received mixed reviews. Luz Lazo, The Seattle Times, "Dockless bike-share company Ofo is the first to pull out of the District of Columbia," 24 July 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

formal : widely accepted

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to complain fretfully

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