- 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.
receive definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English receiven ; from Anglo-French receivre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin recipere ; from re-, back plush 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
receive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·ceived, re·ceiv·ing, re·ceives verb, transitive
- To take or acquire (something given, offered, or transmitted); get.
- To hear or see (information, for example): receive bad news; received a good report of the group's activities.
- To have (a title, for example) bestowed on oneself.
- To meet with; experience: receive sympathetic treatment.
- To have inflicted or imposed on oneself: receive a penalty.
- To bear the weight or force of; support: The beams receive the full weight of the walls and roof.
- To take or intercept the impact of (a blow, for example).
- To take in, hold, or contain: a tank that receives rainwater.
- To admit: receive new members.
- To greet or welcome: receive guests.
- To perceive or acquire mentally: receive a bad impression.
- To regard with approval or disapproval: essays that were received well.
- To listen to and acknowledge formally and authoritatively: The judge received their oath of allegiance.
- 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.
- Electronics To convert incoming electromagnetic waves into visible or audible signals.
- Football To catch or take possession of a kicked ball.
Origin: Middle English receiven, from Old North French receivre, from Latin recipere : re-, re- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
receive - Phrases/Idioms
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