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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Keith Miller III is well aware that Colorado receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini has mentored several players that have gone on to play professionally. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "3-star receiver from Texas verbally commits to CU Buffs," 15 June 2019 In addition to the record for receivers, White's 63 touchdowns are more than any other Atlanta player has scored. Mark Inabinett |,, "Atlanta Falcons tab Roddy White for NFL team’s Ring of Honor," 11 June 2019 The probe included two capsules of electronic equipment, including telemetry instruments, a receiver, data amplifier and signal amplifier. Kristen Pope, Smithsonian, "Trailblazing Engineer Irene Peden Broke Antarctic Barriers for Women," 8 June 2019 Rookie Mecole Hardman represents the only meaningful addition to the Chiefs’ pass-catching corps, which means Watkins is comfortably atop the depth chart at receiver. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football: Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley Among Early 2019 Potential Busts," 7 June 2019 Even splitting him out at wide receiver is less necessary with the additions at receiver and Kareem Hunt joining the team after eight games. Dan Labbe,, "There should still be room for Duke Johnson on the Browns train: Browns Take," 4 June 2019 At receiver, the Vikings’ Adam Thielen posted 100-plus receiving yards in each of his first eight games and his 214.7 points through nine games is the 10th most in history. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Pat Mahomes, Todd Gurley Are Awesome in Real Life—and Fantasy," 12 Nov. 2018 The Rebels still boast talent, especially at receiver. Edgar Thompson,, "Ole Miss rebuilding after NCAA sanctions, Rebels are No. 57 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 1 July 2018 There’s actually ample competition at receiver, with veterans T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant in the fold. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Lots of unanswered questions at LB; rookie WR impressing," 7 June 2018

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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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