re·​ceiv·​er | \ ri-ˈsē-vər How to pronounce receiver (audio) \

Definition of receiver

: one that receives: such as
b(1) : a person appointed to hold in trust and administer property under litigation
(2) : a person appointed to settle the affairs of a business involving a public interest or to manage a corporation during reorganization
c : one that receives stolen goods : fence
d : a device for converting signals (such as electromagnetic waves) into audio or visual form: such as
(1) : a device in a telephone for converting electric impulses or varying current into sound
(2) : a radio receiver with a tuner and amplifier on one chassis
e(1) : catcher
(2) : a member of the offensive team in football eligible to catch a forward pass

Examples of receiver in a Sentence

She angrily slammed down the phone's receiver.
Recent Examples on the Web Shenault, considered one of the top receivers in the country, scored all 28 points against the Sun Devils in last year's showdown. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU looks to ride momentum, freshmen into Pac-12 opener vs. Colorado," 16 Sep. 2019 The bubbles were observed with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory’s MeerKAT telescope, an array of 64 dish receivers in Northern Cape, South Africa. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Huge, mysterious 'bubbles' discovered at the heart of the Milky Way," 16 Sep. 2019 Toney’s elusiveness will be impossible to replicated by anyone among a talented group of receivers. Edgar Thompson,, "UF WR Kadarius Toney out, CB CJ Henderson doubtful for Gators," 9 Sep. 2019 With Brown, the 11-time defending AFC East champs have two of the most athletic receivers in the league. Kyle Hightower, The Denver Post, "Patriots look to integrate Antonio Brown into Patriots culture," 9 Sep. 2019 With the Ravens locked in a competitive game, Brown’s workload leaped from lightest in the receiver group to heaviest. Childs Walker,, "Ravens snap count analysis from Week 2 win over Cardinals: Marquise Brown’s workload jumps," 17 Sep. 2019 And none of it was uglier than the way Darius Slay, the Detroit Lions' best cornerback, was having his lunch handed to him by Chargers All-Pro receiver Keenan Allen. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Detroit Lions saved a game on Sunday — and maybe a season," 16 Sep. 2019 Slot receiver Kawaan Baker — the Jaguars’ second-best offensive weapon after Minter — had just three touches on Saturday, two of them after the game was lost. Creg Stephenson |, al, "5 things we learned from South Alabama’s 42-6 loss to Memphis," 16 Sep. 2019 Bright spot in the Redskins’ 0-2 start: rookie receiver Terry McLaurin. Albert Breer,, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of receiver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of receiver

: the part of a telephone that you pick up and hold near your face when you are making or receiving a phone call
: radio or television equipment that changes signals into sound and pictures
American football : a player who catches passes thrown by the quarterback


re·​ceiv·​er | \ ri-ˈsē-vər How to pronounce receiver (audio) \

Kids Definition of receiver

1 : a device for changing electricity or radio waves into light or sound a radio receiver
2 : a football player who catches passes thrown toward the opponent's goal


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Legal Definition of receiver

1 : an officer charged with receiving tax payments or returns and other related duties (as the maintenance of tax rolls)
2 : a person appointed by the court to hold in trust and administer property in litigation especially : one appointed to administer, conserve, rehabilitate, or liquidate the assets of an insolvent corporation for the protection or relief of creditors — compare conservator, liquidator

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