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 Jennifer said she and a friend bought 30 bottles of water at a 99-cent store and distributed them to grateful recipients. Steve Lopez,, "He handed water to homeless people when temps topped 100. Some Silver Lake neighbors jeered, others cheered," 11 July 2018 Giving back data to individuals is part of a broader push to offer participants a voice in research, especially research on their own tissues—but how best to do it in a way that is helpful to recipients and their physicians remains murky. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Report advocates broader return of research results," 10 July 2018 Amidst a string of 14-hour workdays, that has made him a face of the tournament for ESPN, and also a frequent recipient of feedback as the event comes to a close. Jacob Feldman,, "How ESPN Is Covering the World Cup Without Highlights," 10 July 2018 While initial donations to GiveCrypto will be used in part for operational overhead, Armstrong says the organization in the future will be structured to let donors have 100 percent of their gift go to needy recipients. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coinbase CEO Launches Crypto Charity Fund, Aims to Raise $1 Billion," 27 June 2018 This special recognition is given to recipients whose Gold Award projects exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Girl Scouts awards $30,000 in scholarships to 24 graduating seniors," 23 June 2018 Others speakers included Juan Gonzalez, a DACA recipient from Lincoln Park, Rula Aoun of the Arab-American Civil Rights League, attorney Abril Valdes of the ACLU, and Ruby Robinson, an attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan congresswoman visiting Texas to see detention centers," 20 June 2018 Most legitimate awards do not come with significant costs to the recipient. Veronica Craker, idahostatesman, "Your business might deserve an honor, but be wary of ‘vanity awards’ seeking money," 16 June 2018 The bill narrowly focused on providing citizenship to the 1.8 million DACA recipients brought to the country illegally as children. CNN, "How often have Senate Democrats from Trump country voted with Republicans?," 15 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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English Language Learners Definition of recipient

: 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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