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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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 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 But that was not an argument that was very well received. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Data for Democracy policy head Renée DiResta answers disinformation questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 July 2018 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

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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