- Receive is defined as to take, accept, experience or welcome.
- 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.
A woman receives a gift.
transitive verbreceived, receiving
- 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)
- Radio, TV 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
- Radio, TV 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 e-mail.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 (â€œto take back, get back, regain, recover, take to oneself, admit, accept, receive, take in, assume, allow, etc.â€), from re- (â€œbackâ€) + capio (â€œto takeâ€); 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 (â€œto receiveâ€) (from Old English Ã¾icgan), and non-native Middle English aquilen, enquilen (â€œto receiveâ€) (from Old French aquillir, encueillir).