Definition of reception
1 : the act or action or an instance of receiving: such asa : 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 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.
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
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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