receive

verb
re·​ceive | \ ri-ˈsēv How to pronounce receive (audio) \
received; receiving

Definition of receive

transitive verb

1 : to come into possession of : acquire receive a gift
2a : to act as a receptacle or container for the cistern receives water from the roof
b : to assimilate through the mind or senses receive new ideas
3a : to permit to enter : admit
b : welcome, greet
c : to react to in a specified manner
4 : to accept as authoritative, true, or accurate : believe
5a : to support the weight or pressure of : bear
b : to take (a mark or impression) from the weight of something some clay receives clear impressions
c : acquire, experience received his early schooling at home
d : to suffer the hurt or injury of received a broken nose

intransitive verb

1 : to be a recipient
2 : to be at home to visitors receives on Tuesdays
3 : to convert incoming radio waves into perceptible signals
4 : to prepare to take possession of the ball from a kick in football

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Examples of receive in a Sentence

… his stark and devastating description of Vichy collaborationism (which he based on German and American archives) was rather badly received in France … — Stanley Hoffmann, New York Times Book Review, 1 Nov. 1981 George, white-gloved, with a gardenia in his buttonhole, stood with his mother and the Major, embowered in the big red and gold drawing room downstairs, to "receive" the guests; and, standing thus together, the trio offered a picturesque example of good looks persistent through three generations. — Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons, 1918 From this time the astronomer was received into familiar friendship, and partook of all their projects and pleasures: his respect kept him attentive, and the activity of Rasselas did not leave much time unengaged. — Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, 1759 You will be charged a late fee if the electric company does not receive your payment on time. I received a letter from her yesterday. You will receive a discount if you spend over $100. She received the news of his death with remarkable calmness. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Who knows what my dad wrote to Vin to receive such a response. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 In Colorado, taxpayers are set to receive checks worth up to $1,500 for joint filers. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Vázquez Garced failed to receive her party’s nomination for governor in 2020, losing to Pierluisi. Perry Stein, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Very seldom does a client want to pay less to receive less. Cindy Kosor, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Investigators also say that Sterlingov continued to receive revenue from Bitcoin Fog until 2019, also based on their observations of cryptocurrency payments recorded on the Bitcoin blockchain. Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 Low-income communities tend to receive far less investment in their infrastructure, which in turn becomes more vulnerable. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 The pair received the endorsement of the Michigan GOP and are expected to receive the party's nomination at a convention later this month. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 4 Aug. 2022 People who filed tax returns by April 18 are expected to receive their rebates by early August. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of receive

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for receive

Middle English, from Anglo-French receivre, from Latin recipere, from re- + capere to take — more at heave entry 1

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The first known use of receive was in the 14th century

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“Receive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receive. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for receive

receive

verb
re·​ceive | \ ri-ˈsēv How to pronounce receive (audio) \
received; receiving

Kids Definition of receive

1 : to take or get something that is given, paid, or sent Did you receive the money I sent?
2 : experience entry 2 Stone Fox refused to speak with the white man because of the treatment his people had received.— John Reynolds Gardiner, Stone Fox
3 : to accept as a visitor or member : welcome She's too ill to receive friends.
4 : to change incoming radio waves into sounds or pictures

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