re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsi-pē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio) \

Definition of recipient

: one that receives : receiver

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Other Words from recipient

recipient adjective

Examples of recipient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trebek, 80, attended the University of Ottawa and is a recipient of the Order of Canada. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek announces Ottawa Senators' selection in 2020 NHL draft," 7 Oct. 2020 Spanberger has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was a recipient of the chamber’s Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship and the Spirit of Enterprise Award. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Nick Freitas challenges Abigail Spanberger in GOP attempt to take back Virginia’s 7th Congressional District," 7 Oct. 2020 The shipment was on its way to a recipient in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "More than 300 fake collegiate, pro championship rings seized in Indy," 1 Oct. 2020 The Nasdaq Composite’s stronger performance than other major indexes show that technology has been a major recipient of what has ultimately an uneven rally, investors said. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Edge Higher to Start New Quarter," 1 Oct. 2020 Democratic challengers to Republican senators were a major recipient of the influx of cash. Arkansas Online, "Ginsburg's death draws big surge of donations to Democrats," 19 Sep. 2020 Felix Gonzales III lost his job because of the pandemic and is a recipient of some of those scholarship funds. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Wolverine, Metallica partner with LSC with scholarship funding," 18 Sep. 2020 Michael Kiwanuka’s third album, Kiwanuka, is the 2020 recipient of the Hyundai Mercury Prize for album of the year. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Michael Kiwanuka Wins 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize, Beating Dua Lipa, Charli XCX & More," 24 Sep. 2020 The celebrity campaign was brought to life with help from Baron Cohen, who has often been the recipient of anti-Semitic messages and hate for his controversial parodies and comedy skits. Fortune, "Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Leonardo DiCaprio plan one-day Facebook boycott. Here’s why," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of recipient

1558, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recipient

Latin recipient-, recipiens, present participle of recipere

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The first known use of recipient was in 1558

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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recipient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of recipient

formal : a person who receives something


re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsi-pē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio) \

Kids Definition of recipient

: someone who receives something


re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsip-ē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio) \

Medical Definition of recipient

: an individual who receives biological material (as blood or an organ) from a donor

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