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

Prosecutors have reopened a domestic-abuse investigation into star Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill, the team’s coach said. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Chiefs Receiver Tyreek Hill Faces Renewed Domestic-Abuse Probe After Disturbing Audio Recording," 26 Apr. 2019 But in 2016, star receiver A.J. Green only played in 10 games and tight end Tyler Eifert in 8 and Dalton slumped to a 18-to-8 TD-to-INT ration, 91.8 QB rating and a 6-9-1 record. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Colts vs. Bengals," 8 July 2018 Wednesday was the two-month mark since the Dallas Cowboys parted ways with receiver Dez Bryant. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Cowboys' Cole Beasley thinks Dez Bryant is 'doing right thing' by waiting to sign," 13 June 2018 Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said the team’s star receiver could possibly be medically cleared to participate in next week’s mini-camp. Kalyn Kahler,, "Eagles Un-Invited to White House as Trump Tries to Tweak NFL Again," 5 June 2018 The Tigers already hold commitments from four-star receivers Darin Turner, out of Memphis, and Alabama's Kris Abrams-Draine. Amos Morale Iii,, "Fresh off LSU offer, Ponchatoula 2020 QB TJ Finley to announce college decision Tuesday night," 28 May 2018 To be fair, NFL teams have generally struggled to draft star receivers in recent years. Childs Walker,, "To draft a receiver or not? Ravens again face question that has vexed franchise," 25 Apr. 2018 Alabama secured a commitment from a four-star receiver Friday. Rainer Sabin,, "Alabama secures commitment from four-star receiver," 20 Apr. 2018 So when the Chargers’ new round of offseason workouts kicked off Monday with a smidge of controversy, thanks to a tweet by star receiver Keenan Allen, no one paid much attention to it. Dan Woike,, "Keenan Allen unhappy with Chargers after McCain cut loose," 16 Apr. 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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