noun re·cep·tion \ri-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of reception

  1. 1 :  the act or action or an instance of receiving: such asa :  receipt the reception and distribution of fundsb :  admission reception into the churchc :  response, reaction the play met with a mixed receptiond :  the receiving of a radio or television broadcaste :  the catching of a forward pass by a receiver

  2. 2 :  a social gathering often for the purpose of extending a formal welcome

Examples of reception in a sentence

  1. The school held a reception for the new students and their families.

  2. He decided to run for a seat on the school committee only a year after his reception into the community.

  3. Her job is to deal with the reception of donations.

Did You Know?

Reception is the noun form of receive. So at a formal reception, guests are received or welcomed or "taken in". A bad TV reception means the signal isn't being received well. When a new novel receives good reviews, we say it has met with a good critical reception. If it gets a poor reception, on the other hand, that's the same as saying that it wasn't well-received.

Origin and Etymology of reception

Middle English recepcion, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reception, from Latin reception-, receptio, from recipere

First Known Use: 15th century

RECEPTION Defined for English Language Learners


noun re·cep·tion \ri-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of reception for English Language Learners

  • : the kind of welcome that someone or something is given

  • : a social gathering to celebrate something or to welcome someone

  • : the act or process of receiving, welcoming, or accepting something or someone

RECEPTION Defined for Kids


noun re·cep·tion \ri-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of reception for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or manner of welcoming We got a warm reception from our new neighbors.

  2. 2 :  a social gathering to celebrate something or welcome someone a wedding reception

  3. 3 :  the ability to receive a radio or television broadcast

  4. 4 :  the act of catching a pass thrown toward the opponent's goal

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