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: 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 And who can forget a certain soda brand's poorly-received attempt to weigh in on #BlackLivesMatter a few years ago? Yael Klass, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Cute ones that evoked a received, if idealized, notion of cowship, and of the same properties of stately languor and gentle determination—strength and wisdom, even—that are celebrated at the Gentle Barn. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2022 But until now only about one district in four received money for the work, meaning many made perfunctory efforts. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Nearly 700 households whose principal applicant was at least 60 years old received grants through the program, according to Brandon Lee, spokesperson for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Laura Rodríguez Presa,, 7 Apr. 2022 More than 60% of those who were infected with COVID-19 received false negative results on their rapid antigen tests. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Feb. 2022 Epting received help from Devices 4 the Disabled, an organization that repurposes donated medical equipment for those who need help with their often-exorbitant costs. Colleen Kane,, 31 Dec. 2021 The received wisdom in the gun industry is that sales spike when Democrats hold the White House (because of fears that your guns will be taken away) and plummet when Republicans do. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2021 And yet each time the film dispenses with decorum, Larraín’s troublemaking intentions rise to the surface, a middle finger to the received protocol of respectfully representing the Royals. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 28 Jun. 2022.

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