re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsi-pē-ənt \

Definition of recipient

: one that receives : receiver

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recipient adjective

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And one state, Wisconsin, put a Democratic governor in office who could roll back plans to require Medicaid recipients to work. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Medicaid’s stunning victory," 7 Nov. 2018 Blue Origin is one of three recipients of a $2.3 billion Department of Defense (DoD) contract, meant to ensure the military's rocket launch technology is developed and manufactured domestically, Reuters reported Wednesday. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to Work With Air Force Under New Contract," 11 Oct. 2018 Results revealed two distinct groups of SNAP benefit recipients with wildly different spending patterns, Dorfman said. Nedra Rhone, ajc, "Study: Minority of SNAP recipients spend benefits early in the month," 10 July 2018 Federal funding is commonly dependent on recipients moving in a timely fashion. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's showcase neighborhood project falls a year behind schedule," 3 July 2018 Kentucky was the first of four states to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients work at least 80 hours a month or lose their benefits. NBC News, "Judge bars Kentucky from requiring Medicaid recipients to work," 30 June 2018 Medicaid recipients can’t be forced to work to receive benefits, a federal court ruled today, in defiance of Trump administration plans to trim the rolls of the health-care program offered to the elderly, disabled, low-income families, and others. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Federal Judge Blocks Work Requirements for Medicaid, Thwarting Trump," 29 June 2018 Rachel Aretakis/Louisville Courier Journal WASHINGTON — Indiana's ability to require some Medicaid recipients to work as a condition of health insurance is in jeopardy after a federal judge Friday struck down a similar plan in Kentucky. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Federal judge's rejection of Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements threatens Indiana's program," 29 June 2018 Going forward, Knight plans to alternate years between the Challenge, which requires recipients to raise matching funds, and the New Work program, which supplies grants. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "$500,000 is up for grabs in new Knight grants. Only new performance works qualify.," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of recipient

formal : a person who receives something


re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsi-pē-ənt \

Kids Definition of recipient

: someone who receives something


re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsip-ē-ənt \

Medical Definition of recipient

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

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to deny responsibility for

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