Essential Meaning of receive
1 : to get or be given (something) You will be charged a late fee if the electric company does not receive your payment on time. I received a letter/call from her yesterday. See More ExamplesYou will receive a discount if you spend over 0. This spring he'll receive [=be awarded] his PhD in physics.
2 : to react to (something) in a specified way She received the news of his death with remarkable calmness.
3 formal : to welcome (someone) in usually a formal way The ambassador received [=greeted] his guests as they arrived at the party.
Full Definition of receive
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
4 : to accept as authoritative, true, or accurate : believe
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