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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Osborne — a 6-2, 198-pound receiver from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. — most notably hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Haener earlier this week. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "What we learned from UW coach Chris Petersen after Huskies spring practice," 12 Apr. 2019 Another is a denial of service attack, in which transmitters bombard receivers with signals that appear to be legitimate but which are worthless or misleading. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Engaging in Widespread Satellite Navigation Spoofing," 3 Apr. 2019 Starting off the countdown is this confident nod from Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was caught watching a reply of one of his own insane catches. Vogue, "The Top GIFs of 2018," 3 Dec. 2018 Consumers and businesses will have to buy new smartphones or new wireless receivers with 5G technology. Hiawatha Bray,, "Boston Internet service Starry, aiming to take on its bigger rivals, raises $100 million," 5 July 2018 With four done, the Browns have five to go: first-round quarterback Baker Mayfield, first-round cornerback Denzel Ward, second-round running back Nick Chubb, third-round defensive end Chad Thomas, and fourth-round receiver Antonio Callaway. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Browns sign 5th-round draft pick Genard Avery to 4-year deal worth about $2.695 million," 14 May 2018 Small sats in a lower orbit could send their data to ones in higher orbits, which have broader lines of sight with receivers on the ground, enabling a speedy delivery. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Space Junk Could Provide a Perfect Hiding Spot for Tiny Spy Satellites," 30 Nov. 2018 Tyreke Hill could be the most unguardable receiver. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Chiefs vs. Rams Is Your Monday Night Plan," 18 Nov. 2018 Each receiver is fed by a single optical fiber, but each fiber carries multiple signals using different wavelength channels. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Conservation of energy used to parallelize quantum key distribution," 17 Dec. 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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