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
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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In celebration of the 20-year milestone, hunters who donate deer this season will receive a free ballcap while supplies last. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deer population at potential record high as hunters set sights on 2019 Wisconsin gun season," 16 Nov. 2019 In comments received by the school system, some people wanted to do eliminate those days off, while others would like to see Muslim holidays added. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Harford residents prefer pre-Labor Day school start next year," 15 Nov. 2019 That’s 29% of the pension received by the poorest in society. Washington Post, "Pensioners struggling to survive join Chile protests," 15 Nov. 2019 Following a year of high-profile festival appearances and multiple Grammy wins, as well as her longstanding advocacy for humanitarian efforts and LGBTQ visibility, Carlile will receive the Trailblazer award. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, Brandi Carlile & Desiree Perez to Be Honored at Billboard's 2019 Women in Music," 15 Nov. 2019 Family and friends will be received at Joseph A. Scarano Stirling Memorial Chapel, 6970 Stirling Road, Hollywood, Florida 33024 on Friday, November 15 from 5-8pm. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 11/15," 15 Nov. 2019 Elderly Elena receives word that her lifelong friend Lila has gone missing. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels are the best book series of the decade," 15 Nov. 2019 In France, national networks TF1, France Television and M6 have finally received regulatory approval to launch Salto, a local SVOD, early next year. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Mediaset Upped Its Stake in ProSiebenSat.1, But Ruled Out a Full Takeover," 15 Nov. 2019 The State Department inspector general's report on political targeting was received by Congress Wednesday, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers are poring over it. Margaret Brennan, CBS News, "State Department watchdog is expected to recommend disciplinary action for Trump official," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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Last Updated

19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Receive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receives. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for receive

receive

verb
How to pronounce receive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of receive

: to get or be given (something)
: to react to (something) in a specified way
formal : to welcome (someone) in usually a formal way

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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