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 Gino Cappelletti made his name in New England as one of the first great Patriots players, his career as a receiver and kicker spanning 1960-70. Globe Staff,, 13 May 2022 Reuniting a college duo can speed up the process and beat that clock, maximizing the potential for success while both quarterback and receiver are still on rookie deals. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 12 May 2022 The true source: Addison, the Pittsburgh sophomore transfer receiver and reigning Biletnikoff winner, was in town for an official visit to Texas. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Previously, on College Football Survivor Show bonus episodes for Apple Podcast subscribers ($2.99 a month for four episodes), Doug and Shehan picked the four best playoff performers at running back, linebacker, receiver and defensive back. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 5 May 2022 Dallas picked up South Alabama receiver and Mobile native Jalen Tolbert in the third round. Mark Heim |, al, 5 May 2022 Jayden Reed could contend for national honors at receiver and Wisconsin transfer Jalen Berger should step in to fill the void of Kenneth Walker III at running back. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 McBride will contribute as a strong receiver and blocker while Thomas and Sanders were also good Day 2 picks to bolster the front seven. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2022 As a senior, the Valiants finished with a 6-3 record and Hardy was both an all-state receiver and linebacker. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of receiver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Receiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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