- to be the recipient of a gift, or favor
- to be the target or victim of an attack
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Receive
- be on the receiving end
Origin of Receive
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 -fōn), native Middle English thiggen (“to receive") (from Old English þicgan), and non-native Middle English aquilen, enquilen (“to receive") (from Old French aquillir, encueillir).
Middle English receiven from Old North French receivre from Latin recipere re- re- capere to take kap- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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