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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Scholarship recipients: Laura Gagnon, New Richmond, Wis.; Jillian Grundhoffer, Waseca; Morgan Lynch, Fonda, Iowa, and Nicolas Tourtillott, Lakeville. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Business People: KARE-11’s Huppert wins Murrow awards," 23 June 2019 China, the second-biggest recipient, accounted for less than 10%. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "H-1B visas are good for India and Silicon Valley. Capping them would hurt," 20 June 2019 Priority would to be given to areas of the state with high preterm rates among Medicaid recipients -- rural areas and Cuyahoga, Summit, Franklin and Hamilton counties. Laura Hancock,, "Ohio House approves spending $11 million to reduce infant mortality, preterm births," 20 June 2019 Brzezinski’s speech served as a rally of support for this year’s Education Fund recipients, as well as all women looking to get a leg up in their industry. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Mika: 8 ways women can step up their negotiation game," 18 June 2019 Other recipients, according to the report, have been referred to either the Treasury Department, the EDA or law enforcement. Jeff Pillets, ProPublica, "More Instances of Fraud and Mismanagement Over New Jersey Tax Incentives Surface in New Report," 18 June 2019 The overall goal of the transplant is to restore a healthy balance of gut bacteria to the recipient, which C. diff takes away from them. Maggie O'neill,, "How Is a Fecal Transplant Done? Here’s Why the FDA is Now Warning Patients About Them," 17 June 2019 But on issues like this one, there’s also the reality that a day in the life of these Dreamers, especially the DACA recipients, is a very long time. Tal Kopan,, "Kamala Harris would lean on presidential power, not Congress, for big plans," 15 June 2019 Other local recipients Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library — $5,500: The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library promotes Kurt Vonnegut's legacy and the principles of free expression and common decency. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Gannett, IndyStar award more than $90,000 through A Community Thrives grants," 11 June 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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