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 Their situation is rare with a quarterback and receiver in the hunt for the same Heisman. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The topic of least interest to Alabama’s Heisman contenders," 23 Dec. 2020 Since 2018, MoneyGram has required verification of all sender and receiver identities for every transaction exceeding $1. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "MoneyGram, After Spending Millions on Compliance, Wants Stronger Due-Diligence Rule," 21 Dec. 2020 Parker, the Dolphins’ leading receiver, and Grant, who serves as Miami’s primary return specialist, will likely play on Sunday. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins call up two pass-catching options for Patriots game," 19 Dec. 2020 Named the All-Region 1-7A Athlete of the Year in 2020 for his prowess as a receiver and kick returner. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers football recruiting: Get to know the next Gophers in this Class of 2021 breakdown," 15 Dec. 2020 Granson described his role as a hybrid-receiver at Rice and a hybrid-TE at SMU. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Without a team and without a chance: How SMU TE Kylen Granson went from community college student to NFL prospect in just over 2 years," 9 Dec. 2020 Second quarter, 1:45 remaining, third and 3: The Saints have a three receiver set to the left side of the formation and Michael Thomas solo to the right. Luke Johnson,, "Saints rewatch: Taysom Hill shows why he's starting quarterback material," 8 Dec. 2020 The ball hung in the air, then descended, nothing but open field in front of the receiver and defender. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan State football is getting the most out of its pass rush and pass coverage," 4 Dec. 2020 WhatsApp sends encrypted text messages that can only be viewed by the sender or receiver. Robert Burnson,, "Historians Sue to Force Trump Administration to Preserve Records," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of receiver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Receiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 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


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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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