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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Former Steelers star receiver Hines Ward, the Alliance’s head of football development, will be the host — and the biggest name in the proceedings. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Alliance “protect or pick” draft: All about the QBs," 27 Nov. 2018 Smith also urged shot-receivers to take a deep breath and relax their muscles, as shots given in tense muscles tend to hurt more. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Some Vaccines Hurt More Than Others?," 24 Oct. 2018 San Francisco 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin did the same prior to the Niners' game at Minnesota. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Colin Kaepernick thanks Miami Dolphins players for anthem protest prior to season opener," 9 Sep. 2018 Gene Smith suggested replacing the young receivers coach, but Meyer refused. Fox News, "Ohio State probe shows Meyer allowed bad behavior by assistant for years," 24 Aug. 2018 Logan Benson, Western Boone: The senior leads a veteran group of receivers for the Stars. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "High school football: 10 small-school Indianapolis-area players to watch," 9 July 2018 The space agency has put the satellite into a form of hibernation until August 2, when there’s time booked on the Deep Space Network—a global array of receivers for space missions—to download data from its 18th observational mission. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Stream: Kepler Telescope to Send NASA Its Last Images," 7 July 2018 By connecting the hub to a wireless Internet router, the security system coordinates the activities of all receivers and sensors with the help of a smartphone app. Necee Regis,, "A new Nantucket hotel, Cayman Islands refunds, and other tidbits," 26 June 2018 Yet for Belichick to strike ultimate gold, Patterson would also have to carve out a significant role within a crowded group of receivers in an offense armed by Brady and coordinated by Josh McDaniels. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "First-round castoff Cordarrelle Patterson could be Patriots' new secret weapon," 6 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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