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 a glamorous evening reception at Frogmore house, Meghan changed into a second look by Stella McCartney and Prince Harry swapped his military uniform for a snappy tux. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship," 8 May 2019 For the evening reception at Chow’s studio, Rano wore archival Vivienne Westwood. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Michael Chow's Totally Over-the-Top Wedding Was L.A.'s Hottest Event," 27 Apr. 2019 And his first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception Thursday at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership. Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump praises May after throwing barbs, then meets the queen," 13 July 2018 And his first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception Thursday at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership. Washington Post, "Trump pulls diplomatic backflip, praising May after barbs," 13 July 2018 The Queen, 92, hosted an evening reception for change-makers across the Commonwealth of 53 nations loosely linked to the U.K. Harry, 33, was named the organization’s Youth Ambassador just weeks before he and Meghan, 36, were married on May 19. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "See Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Join Queen Elizabeth for a Very Special Palace Party," 26 June 2018 The winner was announced at an evening reception attended by parents, students, teachers and community members at Aurora Christian High School. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Summer Pops Concert to be held at Paramount in Aurora," 31 May 2018 The first floor is where the master bedroom is located, along with a second bedroom, reception room, and a family bathroom. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Now Live in the Same Neighborhood as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry," 22 May 2019 Through Jayne’s offices, Boudin would also covertly help her friend, the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, redecorate the public reception rooms of the White House with chic and impeccably executed historicism. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019

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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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