Definition of receive
1 : to come into possession of : acquire receive a gift
4 : to accept as authoritative, true, or accurate : believe
5a : to support the weight or pressure of : bearb : to take (a mark or impression ) from the weight of something some clay receives clear impressionsc : acquire, experience received his early schooling at homed : to suffer the hurt or injury of received a broken nose
1 : to be a recipient
2 : to be at home to visitors receives on Tuesdays
3 : to convert incoming radio waves into perceptible signals
Examples of receive in a sentence
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
… 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
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.
Origin and Etymology of receive
Middle English, from Anglo-French receivre, from Latin recipere, from re- + capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century
RECEIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of receive for English Language Learners
: to get or be given (something)
: to react to (something) in a specified way
: to welcome (someone) in usually a formal way
RECEIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of receive for Students
1 : to take or get something that is given, paid, or sent Did you receive the money I sent?
2 : 2experience 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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up receive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).