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[ri-seet] /rɪˈsit/
a written acknowledgment of having received, or taken into one's possession, a specified amount of money, goods, etc.
receipts, the amount or quantity received.
the act of receiving or the state of being received.
something that is received.
Archaic. recipe.
verb (used with object)
to acknowledge in writing the payment of (a bill).
to give a receipt for (money, goods, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to give a receipt, as for money or goods.
Origin of receipt
1350-1400; Middle English receite < Anglo-French (Old French recoite) < Latin recepta, feminine past participle of recipere to receive
Related forms
nonreceipt, noun
prereceipt, verb (used with object)
unreceipted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for receipts
  • He is a fool who spends more money than his receipts.
  • The business tax changes apparently include a gross receipts tax, which is really an awful tax, especially during a downturn.
  • Gross receipts at the state level will fall, due to less income tax from the workers coming in.
  • In determining the business income and modified gross receipts tax bases, is only the net gain included in.
  • We may make an exception if your business is exempt from gross receipts, withholding, or compensating tax by state law.
  • The clerk records the weight of the farmers coffee cherry and issues them with receipts.
  • They even contain a compartment where travelers can stow printed itineraries or receipts.
  • When growth results in more economic activity, governments' revenue receipts increase and red ink is reduced.
  • The rest comes from higher tax receipts from increased jobs and less unemployment, pollution and health care costs.
  • He whose expenses exceed his receipts shall come to poverty.
British Dictionary definitions for receipts


a written acknowledgment by a receiver of money, goods, etc, that payment or delivery has been made
the act of receiving or fact of being received
(usually pl) an amount or article received
(archaic) another word for recipe
(transitive) to acknowledge payment of (a bill), as by marking it
(mainly US) to issue a receipt for (money, goods, etc)
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norman French receite, from Medieval Latin recepta, from Latin recipere to receive
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Word Origin and History for receipts



late 14c., "act of receiving;" also "statement of ingredients in a potion or medicine;" from Anglo-French or Old North French receite "receipt, recipe, prescription" (c.1300), altered (by influence of receit "he receives," from Vulgar Latin *recipit) from Old French recete, from Latin recepta "received," fem. past participle of recipere (see receive). Meaning "written acknowledgment of money or goods received" is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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