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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Synonyms & Antonyms for receive

Synonyms

admit, enter, take

Antonyms

ban, bar

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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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That's right: As seventh in line, baby will likely never get close to the throne, and may not even receive a His or Her Royal Highness title due to these circumstances. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Actually Following in Queen Elizabeth's Footsteps for Her Birth Plan," 11 Apr. 2019 The popular crime drama has been on hiatus since January 15, and the network is not receiving positive responses for the series that has temporarily taken its place. Megan Stein, Country Living, "CBS Sparks Outrage Among 'NCIS' Fans After Temporarily Replacing the Show," 23 Jan. 2019 Volodymyr Zelensky, a comic with no political experience, appears to have received the most votes in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election. Alan Cullison, WSJ, "Can a Ukrainian Comic Stand Up to Russia? The West Worries," 3 Apr. 2019 The gem was thought to receive a highest bid between $11.2 and 12.7 million at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction, but the final price eclipsed the estimate. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "A Flawless 88.22-Carat Oval Diamond Just Sold For More Than $13.7 Million at Auction," 2 Apr. 2019 Imagine if your ability to receive treatment was limited by when you were diagnosed with the condition. Glamour, "Abortion Bans Are a Call to Action—Not a Reason to Give Up," 29 Mar. 2019 The day is finally here: After years of going to class, studying late into the night, and maybe even shedding a few tears, it’s time to walk across the stage to receive your diploma. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "35 Graduation Day Instagram Captions That Will Go Perfect With Your Degree," 22 Mar. 2019 Prominent trans content creators like Nikita Dragun and Blaire White, for instance, have documented their personal journeys with facial surgery on YouTube, receiving mixed feedback from the trans community. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 The new initiative comes after the brand received backlash over a balaclava sweater resembling blackface last month. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gucci Announces Changemakers Program to Improve Diversity and Inclusion," 18 Mar. 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

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receive

verb

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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