noun re·ceiv·er \ ri-ˈsē-vər \
|Updated on: 1 Aug 2018

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

  1. She angrily slammed down the phone's receiver.

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First Known Use of receiver

14th century

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RECEIVER Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of receiver for English Language Learners

  • : 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

RECEIVER Defined for Kids


noun re·ceiv·er \ ri-ˈsē-vər \

Definition of receiver for Students

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

Law Dictionary


noun re·ceiv·er \ ri-ˈsē-vər \

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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