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[ri-sip-ee-uh nt] /rɪˈsɪp i ənt/
a person or thing that receives; receiver:
the recipient of a prize.
receiving or capable of receiving.
Origin of recipient
1550-60; < Latin recipient- (stem of recipiēns), present participle of recipere to receive; see -ent
Related forms
nonrecipient, adjective, noun
unrecipient, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recipient
  • Then the receiver lateraled the ball, and the recipient lateraled it again.
  • Use the app to search for gifts by category, recipient, or price.
  • Custom holds that each recipient selects a musician to deliver a performance as part of the ceremony.
  • In addition to humor, cards require an emotional hook which leaves the sender and the recipient feeling better for the experience.
  • The arrangement can put great strains on centuries-old societal structures in the recipient countries.
  • The recipient twin may need to have the volume of body fluid reduced.
  • The more similar the antigens are between the donor and recipient, the less likely that the organ will be rejected.
  • When purchasing a gift item, such as a suitcase, you want to ensure that the suitcase remains a mystery to the recipient.
  • At the other end, a recipient then measures the polarization to retrieve the information.
  • At that point, large packets of virus are simultaneously released by the infected cell and internalized by the recipient cell.
British Dictionary definitions for recipient


a person who or thing that receives
a less common word for receptive
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin recipiēns, from recipere to receive
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Word Origin and History for recipient

1550s, from Middle French récipient (16c.) and directly from Latin recipientem (nominative recipiens), present participle of recipere (see receive). As an adjective from 1610s. Related: Recipience; recipiency.

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recipient in Medicine

recipient re·cip·i·ent (rĭ-sĭp'ē-ənt)
Functioning as a receiver; receptive. n.
One who receives blood, tissue, or an organ from a donor.

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recipient in Technology

One who receives; receiver. E.g. "No recipient of the e-mail message will know about the other addressees who were listed in the BCC header."

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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