What does receive mean?

Definitions for receive
rɪˈsivre·ceive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word receive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. receive, haveverb

    get something; come into possession of

    "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front"

  2. receive, get, find, obtain, incurverb

    receive a specified treatment (abstract)

    "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, receiveverb

    register (perceptual input)

    "pick up a signal"

  4. experience, receive, have, getverb

    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

    "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"

  5. receive, take in, inviteverb

    express willingness to have in one's home or environs

    "The community warmly received the refugees"

  6. receiveverb

    accept as true or valid

    "He received Christ"

  7. welcome, receiveverb

    bid welcome to; greet upon arrival

  8. receiveverb

    convert into sounds or pictures

    "receive the incoming radio signals"

  9. meet, encounter, receiveverb

    experience as a reaction

    "My proposal met with much opposition"

  10. receiveverb

    have or give a reception

    "The lady is receiving Sunday morning"

  11. get, receiveverb

    receive as a retribution or punishment

    "He got 5 years in prison"

  12. receiveverb

    partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament

  13. receiveverb

    regard favorably or with disapproval

    "Her new collection of poems was not well received"

Wiktionary

  1. receiveverb

    to get, to be given something while the other party is the active partner (opposite: to obtain).

    She received a lot of presents for her birthday.

    Etymology: From receiven, from recever, from recipere, past participle receptus, from re- + capio; see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native terms in fon/fangen (eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from fon), native thiggen (from þicgan), and non-native aquilen, enquilen (from aquillir, encueillir).

  2. receiveverb

    to take possession of

    Etymology: From receiven, from recever, from recipere, past participle receptus, from re- + capio; see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native terms in fon/fangen (eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from fon), native thiggen (from þicgan), and non-native aquilen, enquilen (from aquillir, encueillir).

  3. receiveverb

    To act as a host for guests.

    Etymology: From receiven, from recever, from recipere, past participle receptus, from re- + capio; see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native terms in fon/fangen (eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from fon), native thiggen (from þicgan), and non-native aquilen, enquilen (from aquillir, encueillir).

  4. receiveverb

    To suffer from (an injury)

    I received a bloody nose from the collision.

    Etymology: From receiven, from recever, from recipere, past participle receptus, from re- + capio; see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native terms in fon/fangen (eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from fon), native thiggen (from þicgan), and non-native aquilen, enquilen (from aquillir, encueillir).

  5. receiveverb

    To detect a signal from a transmitter.

    Etymology: From receiven, from recever, from recipere, past participle receptus, from re- + capio; see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native terms in fon/fangen (eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from fon), native thiggen (from þicgan), and non-native aquilen, enquilen (from aquillir, encueillir).

  6. receiveverb

    To be in a position to take possition, or hit back the ball.

    Etymology: From receiven, from recever, from recipere, past participle receptus, from re- + capio; see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native terms in fon/fangen (eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from fon), native thiggen (from þicgan), and non-native aquilen, enquilen (from aquillir, encueillir).

  7. receiveverb

    To accept into the mind; to understand.

    Etymology: From receiven, from recever, from recipere, past participle receptus, from re- + capio; see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Replaced native terms in fon/fangen (eg. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from fon), native thiggen (from þicgan), and non-native aquilen, enquilen (from aquillir, encueillir).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Receiveverb

    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

  2. Receiveverb

    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

  3. Receiveverb

    to allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give credence or acceptance to

  4. Receiveverb

    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

  5. Receiveverb

    to admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have capacity for; to be able to take in

  6. Receiveverb

    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

  7. Receiveverb

    to take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen

  8. Receiveverb

    to bat back (the ball) when served

  9. Receiveverb

    to receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as, she receives on Tuesdays

  10. Receiveverb

    to return, or bat back, the ball when served; as, it is your turn to receive

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Receive

    rē-sēv′, v.t. to take what is offered: 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.—v.i. to be a recipient: to hold a reception of visitors.—n. Receivabil′ity, Receiv′ableness, the quality of being receivable.—adj. Receiv′able, that may be received: a waiting payment, as bills receivable.—ns. Receiv′edness, the state or quality of being received or current; Receiv′er, one who receives: an officer who receives taxes: a person appointed by a court to hold and manage property which is under litigation, or receive the rents of land, &c.: one who receives stolen goods: (chem.) a vessel for receiving and holding the products of distillation, or for containing gases: the glass vessel of an air-pump in which the vacuum is formed: the receiving part of a telegraph, telephone, &c.; Receiv′er-gen′eral, an officer who receives the public revenue; Receiv′ership, the office of a receiver; Receiv′ing, the act of receiving; Receiv′ing-house, a depôt: a house where letters and parcels are left for transmission; Receiv′ing-in′strument, an appliance by which operators at two telegraph stations can communicate; Receiv′ing-off′ice, a branch post-office for receipt of letters, &c.; Receiv′ing-ship, a stationary ship for recruits for the navy. [O. Fr. recever (Fr. recevoir)—L. recipĕre, receptumre-, back, capĕre, to take.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. receive

    In a military sense, to await the approach of a friend or foe. To receive an enemy, is to make the best disposition possible of your troops, for the purpose of meeting the attack of an advancing enemy.

Editors Contribution

  1. receive

    To accept.

    She did receive her monthly salary into her bank and was always so grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  
  2. receive

    To cause to have.

    They did receive the joy of their family every time they all get together.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'receive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1390

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'receive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1713

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'receive' in Verbs Frequency: #88

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of receive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of receive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of receive in a Sentence

  1. Governor Matt Bevin:

    There is dignity associated with earning the value of something you receive.

  2. Interior Ministry:

    Companies will receive the clarity they need for their planning from these updated guidelines.

  3. Montesquieu:

    There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window.

  4. Jimmy Carter:

    My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones. I will continue to receive regular three-week immunotherapy treatments of pembrolizumab.

  5. Tom Stoppard:

    For 10 years of my life, 3 times a day, I thanked the Lord for what I was about to receive and thanked him again for what I had just received, and then we lost touch and I suddenly thought, where is he now

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