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

Definition of receiver

: one that receives: such as
a : treasurer
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 The 5-foot-8, 190-pound wideout has played at both inside and outside receiver through one week of spring, endearing himself quickly to the rest of USC’s offense. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC’s Drake London missed an elite run in basketball to continue his rise in football," 6 Apr. 2021 Jalen Wayne, Jamel Thomas, Jay’juan Townsend, Nae’Saan Dickerson worked at receiver with the second offense, with Jacob Hopper, among others, at tight end. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Jake Bentley throws 3 TD passes in first South Alabama spring scrimmage," 3 Apr. 2021 There should be significant competition on the second line of the depth chart at receiver, across the board at tight end and in half the secondary. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "5 questions facing Oregon Ducks entering spring practice," 1 Apr. 2021 The departure of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. in free agency leaves a gaping hole at receiver. C.j. Doon,, "2021 NFL mock draft (Version 3.0): First-round projections after 49ers, Dolphins shake up the top 10," 31 Mar. 2021 Sanu, who was coming off offseason ankle surgery last year, figures to compete for a roster spot with the 49ers, who have a void at slot receiver after Kendrick Bourne singed with the Patriots. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mohamed Sanu, perfect in one area, returns to 49ers," 27 Mar. 2021 Cherwin may see his role expand even more against Glenbard South, with Teonic mentioning some time at receiver and maybe even on kick returns. Paul Johnson,, "Twelve players carried the ball for South Elgin. But Davion Cherwin was more than enough, scoring three more TDs in a shutout of East Aurora.," 27 Mar. 2021 Bainbridge, who has six catches Friday at receiver, said the Owls are enjoying themselves so far. Pat Stoetzer,, "Defense rests after Westminster football moves to 4-0, takes care of Century," 26 Mar. 2021 While Bateman can showcase his speed in front of NFL teams at the Gophers' April 1 pro day, Fleck will be sorting through the Gophers' rarely unproven depth chart at receiver. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "P.J. Fleck touts Gophers' depth as spring football begins," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of receiver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Receiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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


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

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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