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Definitions of receive

  1. To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, or the like; to accept; as, to receive money offered in payment of a debt; to receive a gift, a message, or a letter. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Hence: To gain the knowledge of; to take into the mind by assent to; to give admission to; to accept, as an opinion, notion, etc.; to embrace. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give credence or acceptance to. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's house, presence, company, and the like; as, to receive a lodger, visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have capacity for; to be able to take in. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To be affected by something; to suffer; to be subjected to; as, to receive pleasure or pain; to receive a wound or a blow; to receive damage. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To bat back (the ball) when served. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To take or accept from another; to get knowledge of; as, to receive news; admit to one's company; entertain; as, to receive guests; to serve as a holder for; as, a channel to receive the overflow; to undergo; as, to receive a shock; to give lodging to, or to harbor; as, to receive stolen goods. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To take what is offered, etc.: to accept: to embrace with the mind: to assent to: to allow: to give acceptance to: to give admittance to: to welcome or entertain: to hold or contain: (law) to take goods knowing them to be stolen: (B.) to bear with, to believe in. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To get back; take; accept; admit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To get; take; accept; admit; hold. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as, she receives on Tuesdays. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To return, or bat back, the ball when served; as, it is your turn to receive. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To obtain or be presented with something; to take what is given or paid; to welcome guests. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. of perceptual input: receive a signal, receive news, receive a verdict, etc. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. convert into sounds or pictures, of incoming radio signals Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. accept as true or valid; "He received Christ" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. partake of the Eucharist, in a Christian church Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in prison" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. have or give a reception; "The lady is receiving Sunday morning" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. convert into sounds or pictures; "receive the incoming radio signals" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. regard favorably or with disapproval; "Her new collection of poems was not well received" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. recieve (perceptual input); "pick up a signal" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. To take as offered, sent, gained, due, communicated, &c.; to accept; to obtain; to embrace; to allow; to admit; to welcome; to hold; to take stolen goods from a thief. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. To take or obtain from another in any manner; to accept; to take or obtain intellectually; to embrace; to admit; to welcome; to take in or on; in Scrip., to believe. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for receive

  1. If ever you receive this letter, find time to reply. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  2. I would not have you receive him because he is rich, but that fact is nothing against him. – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major
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