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
At a diplomatic reception, a senior French official joked that the tattoo on her arm was like a cloakroom ticket.
The government accused Perez and others in the helicopter of firing 15 shots at the Interior Ministry as a reception was taking place for 80 people.
A community reception with several military personnel from Camp Pendleton is slated for 5 to 8 p.m. July 8 during the 2nd Saturday Artwalk, in the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondido.
In a perfect union of visual art and floral design, Portage's Moody Blooms hosted a reception for fifth grade artists from Aylesworth and Myers Elementary Schools.
Yet just as an initial onslaught of conservative criticism didn’t ultimately doom the House’s American Health Care Act, the chilly reception won’t necessarily sink the Senate’s broadly similar plan, either.
Reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, best dress contest and hula hoop contest.
The wedding experience will include a rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception, cake, flowers, décor, music, and a professional photographer.
Former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman gets warm receptions there.
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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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