To receive acclaim.
All four wheels receive the weight equally.
To receive a blow.
To receive news.
A performance that was well received.
She received many presents for her birthday.
To receive a lodger, visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc.
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.
The couple are not receiving this winter.
- to be the recipient of a gift, or favor
- to be the target or victim of an attack
- to act as the receiver
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of receive
- 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
- 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).