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[ri-sep-shuh n] /rɪˈsɛp ʃən/
the act of receiving or the state of being received.
a manner of being received:
The book met with a favorable reception.
a function or occasion when persons are formally received:
a wedding reception.
the quality or fidelity attained in receiving radio or television broadcasts under given circumstances.
Origin of reception
1350-1400; Middle English recepcion < Latin receptiōn- (stem of receptiō), equivalent to recept(us) (past participle of recipere to receive) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonreception, noun
2. response, reaction, treatment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then Cecilie and Dr. Preston suddenly emerged from the reception room.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • He could assure them they felt highly flattered at the reception which had been accorded them.

  • It was impossible for these first callers to restrain a thrill of nervousness as to the nature of the reception before them.

    Lady Cassandra Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • Mrs. Morgan gave Robert a reception as warm as her husband had done.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Rush entered the reception office, sent in his name and was bidden to enter.

British Dictionary definitions for reception


the act of receiving or state of being received
the manner in which something, such as a guest or a new idea, is received: a cold reception
a formal party for guests, such as one after a wedding
an area in an office, hotel, etc, where visitors or guests are received and appointments or reservations dealt with
short for reception room
the quality or fidelity of a received radio or television broadcast: the reception was poor
  1. the first class in an infant school
  2. a class in a school designed to receive new immigrants, esp those whose knowledge of English is poor
  3. (as modifier): a reception teacher
Word Origin
C14: from Latin receptiō a receiving, from recipere to receive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reception

late 14c., in astrology, "effect of two planets on each other;" sense of "act of receiving" is recorded from late 15c., from Latin receptionem (nominative receptio) "a receiving," noun of action from past participle stem of recipere (see receive). Sense of "ceremonial gathering" is 1882, from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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