- IPA: /ɹɪsiːv/
- Rhymes: -iːv
- to get, to be given something while the other party is the active partner ( opposite: to obtain ) .
- to take possession of
- To act as a host for guests .
- To suffer from ( an injury )
- ( telecommunications ) To detect a signal from a transmitter .
- ( sports ) To be in a position to take possition, or hit back the ball.
- ( transitive, intransitive ) To accept into the mind; to understand.
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 ) .
Explanation of receive by Wordnet Dictionary
- These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation
- His movie received a good review
- He received Christ
- receive injuries
- 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.
- 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”.
Definition of receive by GCIDE Dictionary