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.

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Depth at receiver was somewhat of an issue for UConn in 2018 and could be once again this coming season. Alex Putterman,, "UConn receivers and tight ends preview: New-look group has much production to replace," 10 Aug. 2019 With Wayne now questionable for the season-opener at Nebraska, freshman Devin Voison is getting second-team reps at slot receiver behind Kawaan Baker. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Defense shows up in South Alabama’s first scrimmage of fall camp," 8 Aug. 2019 Undrafted Preston Williams is making a name for himself at receiver. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: The linebacker from nowhere is surprise of Miami Dolphins camp | Commentary," 7 Aug. 2019 Gone is the top bar that held the phone’s sensors and receiver, replaced by a single camera centered in the new massive display that extends down to a small border at the bottom of the device. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Samsung unveils the gigantic Note 10 and Note 10+," 7 Aug. 2019 After a torrid spring as an early enrollee, freshman Mike Sainristil is the clear favorite to start at slot receiver. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Projecting Michigan football's starters for 2019 season," 6 Aug. 2019 The Texans expect to be better at receiver around DeAndre Hopkins. Albert Breer,, "Five Observations From Texans Training Camp," 1 Aug. 2019 Erwin, one of the fastest players on the team, is a candidate to start at receiver. Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s Chip Kelly not afraid to lean on young players in big roles," 1 Aug. 2019 Bowden will need help at receiver to give Wilson more options. Edgar Thompson,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 30 Kentucky looks to build on breakout 10-win season," 25 July 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


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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