reception

noun
re·​cep·​tion | \ ri-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce reception (audio) \

Definition of reception

1 : the act or action or an instance of receiving: such as
a : receipt the reception and distribution of funds
b : admission reception into the church
c : response, reaction the play met with a mixed reception
d : the receiving of a radio or television broadcast
e : the catching of a forward pass by a receiver
2 : a social gathering often for the purpose of extending a formal welcome

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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.

Examples of reception in a Sentence

The school held a reception for the new students and their families. He decided to run for a seat on the school committee only a year after his reception into the community. Her job is to deal with the reception of donations.
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For the bride who wants to change into a second look for the reception (or even a third look for the late-night party), minidresses are the most popular option. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 8 Major Trends of the Spring 2020 Bridal Season," 17 Apr. 2019 At the reception, the bride and groom and their guests all celebrated by doing a shot of tequila together. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "How Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans Make Their Marriage Work on the Road," 13 Nov. 2018 The bride and groom were joined by their closest family and friends at a relaxed black-tie evening reception, which was held at Royal Lodge. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Looks Gorgeous In a Blush Reception Dress By Zac Posen," 13 Oct. 2018 An effusive reception for Kim would be a sensitive issue in the democratic South. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge," 20 Sep. 2018 The property will feature a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse with reception, meeting space, fire pits, and a marketplace for food options. Megan Barber, Curbed, "New ‘Airstream hotel’ coming to Yosemite National Park," 17 Sep. 2018 The admission price, which includes lunch, a cocktail reception, and a dinner buffet, starts at $400 and runs up to $10,000. Cynthia Fernandez, BostonGlobe.com, "A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost," 13 July 2018 It was published in June 2018 to rapturous reception, drawing comparisons to Denis Johnson and Cormac McCarthy. refinery29.com, "How Rae DelBianco Went From Cattle Farmer To Bookstagram Queen To Literary Darling — All By 25," 13 July 2018 Simpson’s seven-year career ended with 150 career receptions, 2,058 yards and nine touchdowns. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "The No. 2 Cincinnati Bengals play in last 30 years: Jerome Simpson’s flip," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of reception

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reception

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

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reception

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reception

: 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

noun
re·​cep·​tion | \ ri-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce reception (audio) \

Kids Definition of reception

1 : the act or manner of welcoming We got a warm reception from our new neighbors.
2 : a social gathering to celebrate something or welcome someone a wedding reception
3 : the ability to receive a radio or television broadcast
4 : the act of catching a pass thrown toward the opponent's goal

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