What does receipt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reception, receiptnoun

    the act of receiving

  2. receiptverb

    an acknowledgment (usually tangible) that payment has been made

  3. acknowledge, receiptverb

    report the receipt of

    "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper"

  4. receiptverb

    mark or stamp as paid


  1. receiptnoun

    The act of receiving, or the fact of having been received

  2. receiptnoun

    The fact of having received a blow, injury etc.

  3. receiptnoun

    A quantity or amount received; takings

    This weekend's receipts alone cover our costs to mount the production!

  4. receiptnoun

    A written acknowledgment that a specified article or sum of money has been received

  5. receiptnoun

    A recipe, instructions, prescription

  6. receiptnoun

    A receptacle

  7. receiptnoun

    A revenue office

  8. receiptverb

    To give or write a receipt (for something)

  9. receiptverb

    To mark a bill as having been paid

  10. Etymology: Recorded since c.1386 as "statement of ingredients in a potion or medicine," from or receite "receipt, recipe" (1304), altered (by influence of receit "he receives," from Vulgar Latin *recipit) from recete, from receptus, past participle of recipere, itself from re- 'back' + cipere (an alteration of capere 'to take')

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Receiptnoun

    Etymology: receptum, Latin.

    Villain, thou did’st deny the gold’s receipt,
    And told me of a mistress. William Shakespeare, Com. of Err.

    It must be done upon the receit of the wound, before the patient’s spirits be overheated. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    The joy of a monarch for the news of a victory must not be expressed like the ecstasy of a harlequin, on the receipt of a letter from his mistress. Dryden.

    Jesus saw Matthew sitting at the receipt of custom. Matt.

    It is of things heavenly an universal declaration, working in them, whose hearts God inspireth with the due consideration thereof, an habit or disposition of mind, whereby they are made fit vessels, both for the receipt and delivery of whatsoever spiritual perfection. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 37.

    The same words in my lady Philoclea’s mouth might have had a better grace, and perchance have found a gentler receipt. Philip Sidney.

    On’s bed of death
    Many receipts he gave me, chiefly one
    Of his old experience th’ only darling. William Shakespeare.

    That Medea could make old men young again, was nothing else, but that, from knowledge of simples, she had a receipt to make white hair black. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Wise leeches will not vain receipts obtrude,
    While growing pains pronounce the humours crude. Dryd.

    Some dryly plain, without invention’s aid,
    Write dull receipts how poems may be made. Alexander Pope.

    Scribonius found the receipt in a letter wrote to Tiberius, and was never able to procure the receipt during the emperor’s life. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. Receipt

    A receipt (also known as a packing list, packing slip, packaging slip, (delivery) docket, shipping list, delivery list, bill of the parcel, manifest, or customer receipt) is a document acknowledging that a person has received money or property in payment following a sale or other transfer of goods or provision of a service. All receipts must have the date of purchase on them. If the recipient of the payment is legally required to collect sales tax or VAT from the customer, the amount would be added to the receipt, and the collection would be deemed to have been on behalf of the relevant tax authority. In many countries, a retailer is required to include the sales tax or VAT in the displayed price of goods sold, from which the tax amount would be calculated at the point of sale and remitted to the tax authorities in due course. Similarly, amounts may be deducted from amounts payable, as in the case of taxes withheld from wages. On the other hand, tips or other gratuities that are given by a customer, for example in a restaurant, would not form part of the payment amount or appear on the receipt. In some countries, it is obligatory for a business to provide a receipt to a customer confirming the details of a transaction. In most cases, the recipient of money provides the receipt, but in some cases, the receipt is generated by the payer, as in the case of goods being returned for a refund. A receipt is not the same as an invoice.There is usually no set form for a receipt, such as a requirement that it be machine-generated. Many point-of-sale terminals or cash registers can automatically produce receipts. Receipts may also be generated by accounting systems, be manually produced, or generated electronically, for example, if there is no face-to-face transaction. To reduce the cost of postage and processing, many businesses do not mail receipts to customers unless specifically requested or required by law, with some transmitting them electronically. Others, to reduce time and paper, may endorse an invoice, account, or statement as "paid".


  1. receipt

    A receipt is a written acknowledgment or document that confirms the recipient has received money or goods from another party, typically as proof of a transaction. It often includes details such as the date, amount, purpose of payment, and the parties involved in the transaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Receiptnoun

    the act of receiving; reception

  2. Receiptnoun

    reception, as an act of hospitality

  3. Receiptnoun

    capability of receiving; capacity

  4. Receiptnoun

    place of receiving

  5. Receiptnoun

    hence, a recess; a retired place

  6. Receiptnoun

    a formulary according to the directions of which things are to be taken or combined; a recipe; as, a receipt for making sponge cake

  7. Receiptnoun

    a writing acknowledging the taking or receiving of goods delivered; an acknowledgment of money paid

  8. Receiptnoun

    that which is received; that which comes in, in distinction from what is expended, paid out, sent away, and the like; -- usually in the plural; as, the receipts amounted to a thousand dollars

  9. Receiptverb

    to give a receipt for; as, to receipt goods delivered by a sheriff

  10. Receiptverb

    to put a receipt on, as by writing or stamping; as, to receipt a bill

  11. Receiptverb

    to give a receipt, as for money paid

  12. Etymology: [OE. receite, OF. recete, recepte, F. recette, fr. L. recipere, receptum, to receive. See Receive.]


  1. Receipt

    A receipt is a written acknowledgment that a specified article or sum of money has been received. A receipt records the purchase of goods or service. It is not the same as an invoice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Receipt

    rē-sēt′, n. act of receiving: place of receiving: power of holding: a written acknowledgment of anything received, a legal acknowledgment of money received in discharge of a debt or demand: that which is received: a recipe in cookery.—v.t. to give a receipt for: to sign: to discharge.—adj. Receipt′able, that may be receipted.—ns. Receipt′-book, a book containing receipts; Receipt′or, one who gives a receipt. [O. Fr. recete (Fr. recette)—L. recipere, receptum.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. receipt

    A voucher or acknowledgment, which should always be given when official papers are received. When flags of truce are the bearers of a parcel or a letter, the officer commanding an outpost should give a receipt for it, and require the party to depart forthwith.

Editors Contribution

  1. receipt

    An electronic detail of money received to a person,business, company, enterprise, organization or form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government and an electronic detail of money paid to a person, business, company, enterprise, organization or form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government.

    Receipts are important for accounting purposes in business, companies and households.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'receipt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4516

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'receipt' in Nouns Frequency: #1930

Anagrams for receipt »

  1. picrete

  2. precite

  3. ereptic

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of receipt in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of receipt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of receipt in a Sentence

  1. Kim Hubbard:

    Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.

  2. James L. Gallogly:

    That false narrative is now also being used to question the motives and propriety of the ongoing investigation of alleged misconduct, the university was required by law to commence an investigation upon the receipt of complaint(s). That process has been ongoing according to its procedural mandate. The Jones Day law firm was hired to conduct an independent and unbiased, expert investigation and issue a report which the firm has now done.

  3. Arthur Schnabel:

    Applause is a receipt, not a bill.

  4. Wesley Oliver:

    This is not like some receipt for his taxes in 1953, this is a get-out-of-jail free card. This is something you keep in a safety deposit box in a temperature-controlled room.

  5. Jeannie Suk:

    The schools, upon receipt of the Dear Colleague letter and looking at its requirements, weren't completely sure of exactly how to comply, and so in many cases they did more than they necessarily needed to do, they kind of in a sense over-complied. Now, they bent over backwards, and then that's when they put in place -- kind of in a hurry -- these procedures that now don't respect fair process.

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