re·ceiv·er | \ri-ˈsē-vər \

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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But Jackson will be able to run alongside — and catch up with, when necessary — most of the best receivers in the NFC South. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Did Panthers remake themselves in 2 picks of NFL draft? At minimum, it was a fast start | Charlotte Observer," 27 Apr. 2018 There was even the suggestion that Vick would play receiver at times. Katherine Fominykh,, "After mentoring Michael Vick, new Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban getting Lamar Jackson up to speed," 13 July 2018 Eagles coach Doug Pederson, Staley’s former teammate and fellow assistant and current boss, chose receivers coach Mike Groh. Marcus Hayes,, "Eagles assistant Duce Staley doesn't need your pity | Marcus Hayes," 6 July 2018 Coutee is a dynamic receiver in the open field capable of eluding defenders. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Andre Johnson impressed with Texans rookie Keke Coutee," 13 July 2018 The list of tariffs proposed July 10 adds to the collection of parts that would be taxed, including such components as television antennas and some parts for TV receivers. WSJ, "From Seafood to Mattresses: How the Latest Tariffs Would Affect U.S. Businesses," 12 July 2018 Only two players — though one was Browns receiver Josh Gordon — since 2011 have been selected in the draft. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Colts could make a selection in NFL supplemental draft," 9 July 2018 In Edelman’s absence last season, those two were the second and third-leading receivers. Mike Persak,, "Patriots WR Julian Edelman will miss game against Dolphins," 5 July 2018 Sharpe was undersized but part of the new wave of talent at the position, which seemed to be part receiver, part tight end. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Todd Heap looks forward to Ravens' new look at tight end with Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews," 28 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 \

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 \

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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