Definition of Receive in English :

Define Receive in English

Receive meaning in English

Meaning of Receive in English

Pronunciation of Receive in English

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see synonyms of receive


1. have, receive

get something; come into possession of

Example Sentences:
'receive payment'
'receive a gift'
'receive letters from the front'

2. find, get, incur, obtain, receive

receive a specified treatment (abstract)

Example Sentences:
'These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation'
'His movie received a good review'
'I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions'

3. pick up, receive

register (perceptual input)

Example Sentences:
'pick up a signal'

4. experience, get, have, receive

go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

Example Sentences:
'get an idea'
'experience vertigo'
'get nauseous'
'receive injuries'
'have a feeling'

5. invite, receive, take in

express willingness to have in one's home or environs

Example Sentences:
'The community warmly received the refugees'

6. receive

accept as true or valid

Example Sentences:
'He received Christ'

7. receive, welcome

bid welcome to; greet upon arrival

8. receive

convert into sounds or pictures

Example Sentences:
'receive the incoming radio signals'

9. encounter, meet, receive

experience as a reaction

Example Sentences:
'My proposal met with much opposition'

10. receive

have or give a reception

Example Sentences:
'The lady is receiving Sunday morning'

11. get, receive

receive as a retribution or punishment

Example Sentences:
'He got 5 years in prison'

12. receive

partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament

13. receive

regard favorably or with disapproval

Example Sentences:
'Her new collection of poems was not well received'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of receive
verb (mainly tr)
to take (something offered) into one's hand or possession
to have (an honour, blessing, etc) bestowed
to accept delivery or transmission of (a letter, telephone call, etc)
to be informed of (news or information)
to hear and consent to or acknowledge (an oath, confession, etc)
(of a vessel or container) to take or hold (a substance, commodity, or certain amount)
to support or sustain (the weight of something); bear
to apprehend or perceive (ideas, etc)
to experience, undergo, or meet with
to receive a crack on the skull
10. (also intr)
to be at home to (visitors)
to greet or welcome (visitors or guests), esp in formal style
to admit (a person) to a place, society, condition, etc
he was received into the priesthood
to accept or acknowledge (a precept or principle) as true or valid
to convert (incoming radio signals) into sounds, pictures, etc, by means of a receiver
15. (also intr) tennis
to play at the other end from the server; be required to return (service)
16. (also intr)
to partake of (the Christian Eucharist)
17. (intransitive) mainly British
to buy and sell stolen goods

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see synonyms of receive
verb transitiveWord forms: reˈceived or reˈceiving
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)
10.  Radio and Television
to detect (a radio or TV transmission) and convert it into sounds or images
11.  Sport
to catch (a pass, throw, etc.)
verb intransitive
to get, accept, take, or acquire something; be a recipient
to admit or greet guests or visitors
14.  Radio and Television
to convert incoming electromagnetic waves into sound or light, thus reproducing the sounds or images being transmitted
15.  Sport
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

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of receive
v. re·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.
3. 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.
1. To acquire or get something; be a recipient.
2. To admit or welcome guests or visitors: The couple are not receiving this winter.
3. To partake of the Eucharist.
4. To convert incoming electromagnetic signals into sound, light, or electrical signals.
5. Sports To receive a pass or a kicked ball, for example.

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