Definition of reception
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 : a social gathering often for the purpose of extending a formal welcome
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.
Recent Examples of reception from the Web
Like the wedding reception of a runaway bride, the Paris Agreement on global warming is free to go on, just minus a pretty important player.
In fact, Mr. Sessions met at least twice in 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak: once at a reception at the Republican National Convention in July, and in Mr. Sessions’s Senate office in September.
It will be held at Qualcomm Hall, followed by a reception for the artists and all concert attendees.
Hahn, the pastor, noted that the plates at the reception after were all compostable — and that arrangements had been made to deliver leftover food to nearby homeless shelters.
Black totaled 17 receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown in 2016, his lone season at Mizzou.
The embrace of Middle Eastern autocrats and criticism of longtime European allies has drawn strong criticism from foreign policy leaders of both parties, to say nothing of the reception Trump received in the European media.
But there was no mistaking the cool reception of NATO leaders who stood by with stone faces on Thursday as Trump lectured U.S. allies about the need to spend more on defense.
The induction ceremony and reception will be from 1 to 4 p.m. June 3 at the main library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive.
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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.
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 centurySee Words from the same year
RECEPTION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of reception for Students
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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