A woman receives a gift.
- An example of receive is getting a letter in the mail.
- An example of receive is someone being given a gift.
- An example of receive is someone hearing bad news.
- An example of receive is someone greeting guests at their house.
transitive verb-·ceived′, -·ceiv′ing
- to take or get (something given, offered, sent, etc.); acquire or accept
- to encounter; experience: to receive acclaim
- to have inflicted on one; undergo; suffer: to receive a blow
- to take the effect or force of; bear: all four wheels receive the weight equally
- to react to as specified: a performance that was well received
- to apprehend mentally; get knowledge of or information about; learn: to receive news
- to accept mentally as authentic, valid, etc.
- to let enter; admit
- to have room for; hold; contain: a cistern receives rainwater
- to grant admittance to or greet (visitors or guests)
- to detect (a radio or TV transmission) and convert it into sounds or images
- Sports to catch (a pass, throw, etc.)
Origin of receiveMiddle English receiven from Anglo-French receivre from Old French from Classical Latin recipere from re-, back + capere, to take: see have
- to get, accept, take, or acquire something; be a recipient
- to admit or greet guests or visitors
- to convert incoming electromagnetic waves into sound or light, thus reproducing the sounds or images being transmitted
- to be the team set to return the ball on a kickoff
- to be the player or team that returns or attempts to return a serve
be on the receiving endInformal
- to be the recipient of a gift, or favor
- to be the target or victim of an attack
- Sports to act as the receiver
verbre·ceived, re·ceiv·ing, re·ceives
- a. To take or acquire (something given or offered); get or be given: receive a present.b. To be the person who gets (something sent or transmitted): receive an email.c. Sports To catch or get possession of (a pass or a kicked ball, for example).d. To have (a title, for example) bestowed on oneself.
- a. To hear or see (information, for example): receive bad news.b. To perceive or acquire mentally: receive a bad impression.c. To regard with approval or disapproval: ideas that were received well.d. To listen to and acknowledge formally and authoritatively: The judge received their oath of allegiance.
- To take in and convert (radio waves, for example) into an electrical signal or into an audio or visual output.
- a. To experience or be subjected to; meet with: receive sympathetic treatment.b. To have inflicted or imposed on oneself: receive a penalty.
- a. To bear the weight or force of; support: The beams receive the full weight of the walls and roof.b. To take or intercept the impact of (a blow, for example).c. To be exposed to or withstand: The hillside cottage receives strong winds.
- a. To take in, hold, or contain: a tank that receives rainwater.b. To admit or accept: receive new members.c. To greet, welcome, or be visited by: receive guests.
- To acquire or get something; be a recipient.
- To admit or welcome guests or visitors: The couple are not receiving this winter.
- To partake of the Eucharist.
- To convert incoming electromagnetic signals into sound, light, or electrical signals.
- Sports To receive a pass or a kicked ball, for example.
Origin of receiveMiddle English receiven from Old North French receivre from Latin recipere re- re- capere to take ; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present receives, present participle receiving, simple past and past participle received)
- To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, etc.; to accept; to be given something.
- She received many presents for her birthday.
- To take possession of.
- To act as a host for guests; to give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's house, presence, company, etc.
- to receive a lodger, visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc.
- To suffer from (an injury).
- I received a bloody nose from the collision.
- To allow (a custom, tradition, etc.); to give credence or acceptance to.
- (telecommunications) To detect a signal from a transmitter.
- (sports) To be in a position to take possession, or hit back the ball.
- (tennis, badminton, squash (sport)) To be in a position to hit back a service.
- (American football) To be in a position to catch a forward pass.
- (intransitive) To accept into the mind; to understand.
From Middle English receiven, from Old French receivre, from Latin recipere, past participle receptus (“to take back, get back, regain, recover, take to oneself, admit, accept, receive, take in, assume, allow, etc."), from re- (“back") + capio (“to take"); see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native Middle English terms in -fon/-fangen (eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from Old English -fÅn), native Middle English thiggen (“to receive") (from Old English Ã¾icgan), and non-native Middle English aquilen, enquilen (“to receive") (from Old French aquillir, encueillir).