verb (used with object), received, receiving.
to take into one's possession (something offered or delivered): to receive many gifts.
to have (something) bestowed, conferred, etc.: to receive an honorary degree.
to have delivered or brought to one: to receive a letter.
to get or be informed of: to receive instructions; to receive news.
to be burdened with; sustain: to receive a heavy load.
to hold, bear, or contain: The nut receives a bolt and a washer. The plaster receives the impression of the mold.
to take into the mind; apprehend mentally: to receive an idea.
to accept from another by hearing or listening: A priest received his confession.
to meet with; experience: to receive attention.
to suffer the injury of: He received a terrific blow on the forehead.
to be at home to (visitors): They received their neighbors on Sunday.
to greet or welcome (guests, visitors, etc.) upon arriving: They received us at the front door.
to admit (a person) to a place: The butler received him and asked him to wait in the drawing room.
to admit into an organization, membership, etc.: to receive someone into the group.
to accept as authoritative, valid, true, or approved: a principle universally received.
to react to in the manner specified: to receive a proposal with contempt; She received the job offer with joy.
verb (used without object), received, receiving.
to receive something.
to receive visitors or guests.
Radio. to convert incoming electromagnetic waves into the original signal.
to receive the Eucharist: He receives every Sunday.

1250–1300; Middle English receven < Old North French receivre < Latin recipere, equivalent to re- re- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take

interreceive, verb (used with object), interreceived, interreceiving.
nonreceiving, adjective
prereceive, verb (used with object), prereceived, prereceiving.
unreceiving, adjective

11. admit, entertain, welcome.

1. give. Unabridged
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receive (rɪˈsiːv)
1.  to take (something offered) into one's hand or possession
2.  to have (an honour, blessing, etc) bestowed
3.  to accept delivery or transmission of (a letter, telephone call, etc)
4.  to be informed of (news or information)
5.  to hear and consent to or acknowledge (an oath, confession, etc)
6.  (of a vessel or container) to take or hold (a substance, commodity, or certain amount)
7.  to support or sustain (the weight of something); bear
8.  to apprehend or perceive (ideas, etc)
9.  to experience, undergo, or meet with: to receive a crack on the skull
10.  (also intr) to be at home to (visitors)
11.  to greet or welcome (visitors or guests), esp in formal style
12.  to admit (a person) to a place, society, condition, etc: he was received into the priesthood
13.  to accept or acknowledge (a precept or principle) as true or valid
14.  to convert (incoming radio signals) into sounds, pictures, etc, by means of a receiver
15.  (also intr) tennis to play at the other end from the server; be required to return (service)
16.  (also intr) to partake of (the Christian Eucharist)
17.  chiefly (Brit) (intr) to buy and sell stolen goods
[C13: from Old French receivre, from Latin recipere to take back, from re- + capere to take]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.N.Fr. receivre (O.Fr. recoivre), from L. recipere "regain, take back," from re- "back" + -cipere, comb. form of capere "to take" (see capable). Radio and television sense is attested from 1908. Receiver as a telephone apparatus is from 1877; in ref. to a radio
unit it is recorded from 1891; in U.S. football sense it dates from 1897.
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