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.

1350–1400; Middle English recepcion < Latin receptiōn- (stem of receptiō), equivalent to recept(us) (past participle of recipere to receive) + -iōn- -ion

nonreception, noun

2. response, reaction, treatment. Unabridged
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reception (rɪˈsɛpʃən)
1.  the act of receiving or state of being received
2.  the manner in which something, such as a guest or a new idea, is received: a cold reception
3.  a formal party for guests, such as one after a wedding
4.  an area in an office, hotel, etc, where visitors or guests are received and appointments or reservations dealt with
5.  short for reception room
6.  the quality or fidelity of a received radio or television broadcast: the reception was poor
7.  (Brit)
 a.  the first class in an infant school
 b.  a class in a school designed to receive new immigrants, esp those whose knowledge of English is poor
 c.  (as modifier): a reception teacher
[C14: from Latin receptiō a receiving, from recipere to receive]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., in astrology, "effect of two planets on each other;" sense of "act of receiving" is recorded from late 15c., from L. receptionem (nom. receptio) "a receiving," from receptus, pp. of recipere (see receive). Sense of "ceremonial gathering" is 1882, from French.
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Example sentences
Another example from my department: the annual fall reception and winter
People want their modems to work more speedily and their mobile-phone reception
  to be clearer.
Have the ceremony and reception in the same place to eliminate unnecessary
But scientists have generally given him a chillier reception.
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