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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web In what may have been the purest distillation of modern soccer imaginable, Cristiano Ronaldo received a rapturous reception upon his return to Old Trafford last weekend. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Military representatives were present for the dedication, which also included speeches by several dignitaries, music by the Brecksville High School band and a reception for those in attendance. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2022 Despite this, he's received a friendly reception so far from big-name conservatives. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 4 Aug. 2022 His friends and family planned a reception for him at USC’s Heritage Hall. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Pelosi got a warm reception in Taipei, where cheers erupted outside Taipei Songshan Airport as her military plane arrived. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2022 The video that has since gone viral gained a mixed reception from viewers with some commending Powell’s vast hard seltzer knowledge and others slightly chastising her for knowing so much about this specific niche. Uvie Bikomo, Rolling Stone, 2 Aug. 2022 The gallery will have a reception for the artist on Aug. 4). al, 2 Aug. 2022 Pelosi is also expected to attend a cocktail reception held by the American Chamber of Commerce in the city-state on Monday afternoon. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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