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

Definition of recipient

: one that receives : receiver

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recipient adjective

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Roitfeld is this year’s recipient of the CFDA’s Founder’s Award, created in honor of Eleanor Lambert, who put American fashion on the map. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Carine Roitfeld, in Her Own Words," 31 May 2019 For many, there’s a part of the passage into adulthood where parents transition from the recipient of undying teen angst to a considerably close friend. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "18 Father-Daughter Dance Songs That'll Have Everyone Crying at Your Wedding," 24 Jan. 2019 Boston Medical Center started surveying recipients of SNAP and other public assistance after the 1990s welfare reform legislation took effect. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Study suggests Trump is scaring immigrant families off food stamps," 15 Nov. 2018 Day was the recipient of many awards, including the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush in 2004, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "10 Iconic Doris Day Photos That Will Take Your Breath Away," 13 May 2019 One of the Navy’s newest ships is the recipient of a brand-new engine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Stealth Destroyer Gets a 15-Ton Engine Transplant," 5 Sep. 2018 Wish recipients are typically nominated by staffers, who listen closely for hints while talking with residents. Stephanie Farr,, "What's on your bucket list? Granting the dangerous, heartbreaking wishes of Philly seniors," 31 May 2018 Scholarship recipients are selected in the ninth grade to prepare them for college. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora High School freshmen win scholarships to NIU," 25 May 2018 Emi Nakamura, a University of California at Berkeley professor who has used novel data sources to understand how the economy works in practice, is this year’s recipient of the most prestigious award for young economists. David Harrison, WSJ, "UC Berkeley’s Emi Nakamura Wins John Bates Clark Medal," 1 May 2019

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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

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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