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Meaning of receive by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English receiven, from Old French recever, from Latin recipere, past participle receptus ( “to take back, get back, regain, recover, take to oneself, admit, accept, receive, take in, assume, allow, etc.” ), from re- ( “back” ) + capio ( “to take” ); see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native Middle English terms in -fon/-fangen ( eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from Old English -fōn ), native Middle English thiggen ( “to receive” ) ( from Old English þicgan ), and non-native Middle English aquilen, enquilen ( “to receive” ) ( from Old French aquillir, encueillir ) .


    • IPA: /ɹɪsiːv/
    • Rhymes: -iːv


    receive ( third-person singular simple present receives present participle receiving, simple past and past participle received )

    1. to get, to be given something while the other party is the active partner ( opposite: to obtain ) .
      She received a lot of presents for her birthday .
    2. to take possession of
    3. To act as a host for guests .
    4. To suffer from ( an injury )
      I received a bloody nose from the collision .
    5. ( telecommunications ) To detect a signal from a transmitter .
    6. ( sports ) To be in a position to take possition, or hit back the ball.
      1. ( tennis, badminton, squash ( sport ) ) To be in a position to hit back a service .
      2. ( US football ) To be in a position to catch a forward pass
    7. ( transitive, intransitive ) To accept into the mind; to understand.

    External links

    • receive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • receive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of receive by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. convert into sounds or pictures

    2. receive the incoming radio signals
    3. receive a specified treatment ( abstract )

    4. These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation
      His movie received a good review
    5. regard favorably or with disapproval

    6. Her new collection of poems was not well received
    7. accept as true or valid

    8. He received Christ
    9. bid welcome to

    10. partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament

    11. express willingness to have in one's home or environs

    12. The community warmly received the refugees
    13. register ( perceptual input )

    14. go through ( mental or physical states or experiences )

    15. receive injuries
    16. receive as a retribution or punishment

    17. get something

    18. receive payment
      receive a gift
      receive letters from the front
    19. have or give a reception

    20. The lady is receiving Sunday morning
    21. experience as a reaction

    Definition of receive by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Receive ( resēv ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Received ( resēvd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Receiving.] [OF. receveir, recevoir, F. recevoir, fr. L. recipere; pref. re- re- + capere to take, seize. See Capable, Heave, and cf. Receipt, Reception, Recipe.]
      1. To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, or the like; to accept; as, “to receive money offered in payment of a debt; to receive a gift, a message, or a letter.”

      Receyven all in gree that God us sent. Chaucer.

      2. Hence: To gain the knowledge of; to take into the mind by assent to; to give admission to; to accept, as an opinion, notion, etc.; to embrace.

      Our hearts receive your warnings. Shak.

      The idea of solidity we receive by our touch. Locke.

      3. To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give credence or acceptance to.

      Many other things there be which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots. Mark vii. 4.

      4. To give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's house, presence, company, and the like; as, “to receive a lodger, visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc.”

      They kindled a fire, and received us every one. Acts xxviii. 2.

      5. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have capacity for; to be able to take in.

      The brazen altar that was before the Lord was too little to receive the burnt offerings. 1 Kings viii. 64.

      6. To be affected by something; to suffer; to be subjected to; as, “to receive pleasure or pain; to receive a wound or a blow; to receive damage.”

      Against his will he can receive no harm. Milton.

      7. To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen.

      8. ( Lawn Tennis ) To bat back ( the ball ) when served.

      Receiving ship, one on board of which newly recruited sailors are received, and kept till drafted for service.

      Syn. -- To accept; take; allow; hold; retain; admit. -- Receive, Accept. To receive describes simply the act of taking. To accept denotes the taking with approval, or for the purposes for which a thing is offered. Thus, we receive a letter when it comes to hand; we receive news when it reaches us; we accept a present when it is offered; we accept an invitation to dine with a friend.

      Who, if we knew

      What we receive, would either not accept

      Life offered, or soon beg to lay it down. Milton.

    2. Receive ( resēv ), v. i.
      1. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as, “she receives on Tuesdays”.

      2. ( Lawn Tennis ) To return, or bat back, the ball when served; as, “it is your turn to receive”.