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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 recipients
  • recipients will be notified based on grant availability.
  • View these films to explore some of the work being done by our member grant recipients.
  • Soon cases were also detected in intravenous drug users and recipients of blood transfusions.
  • The box depicts both sides of the completed puzzle and has a space to inscribe a personalized message for gift recipients.
  • Gift returns received from gift recipients will be accepted.
  • Any electronic signal entails some delay in transmission of the data and conversion into a form that's readable to the recipients.
  • Food aid is controversial, for both recipients and donors.
  • But the substance of the message may have surprised some of its recipients.
  • Some academics have made a habit of firing off angry e-mail messages to a host of recipients.
  • In the second image you can see the scores starting to cluster around the recipients of the scores.
British Dictionary definitions for recipients


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 recipients



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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recipients 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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