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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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 Some don't put much thought into it, but others use their response time to send a clear message about their feelings for the recipient. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "15 Guys Explain Why They Take So Long to Text You Back," 26 Apr. 2019 Standing behind the podium, Don Lemon, the recipient of the Community Impact Award, looked around the room and smiled. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Lena Waithe and Don Lemon Are Honored at the Center’s Annual Dinner," 19 Apr. 2019 Richard Quinn, a designer with a penchant for punchy florals and mixed prints, was the 2018 recipient. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Camilla Sits Front-Row at London Fashion Week on the Queen's Behalf," 19 Feb. 2019 After the transplant, doctors used in-vitro fertilization — with the recipient’s eggs and her husband’s sperm — to start a pregnancy, which was successful. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 The designer was recently announced as the Pratt Institute’s Fashion Visionary Award recipient, and in November was the winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Pyer Moss’ Latest Reebok Campaign Tells a Black American Love Story," 5 Apr. 2019 About 69% of award recipients over the years were current or former employees of the businesses that were being reported upon, the report said. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "SEC Whistleblower Program Has Record-Breaking Year," 16 Nov. 2018 This year's Video Vanguard Award recipient arrived to the red carpet wearing a designer that has been responsible for some of her most iconic fashion moments from over the years: Versace. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "2018 VMAs: Let's Take a Moment to Appreciate the Power of Jennifer Lopez in Versace," 20 Aug. 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

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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one that collects or salvages junk

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