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, have(verb)

    get something; come into possession of

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

  2. receive, get, find, obtain, incur(verb)

    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, receive(verb)

    register (perceptual input)

    "pick up a signal"

  4. experience, receive, have, get(verb)

    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

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

  5. receive, take in, invite(verb)

    express willingness to have in one's home or environs

    "The community warmly received the refugees"

  6. receive(verb)

    accept as true or valid

    "He received Christ"

  7. welcome, receive(verb)

    bid welcome to; greet upon arrival

  8. receive(verb)

    convert into sounds or pictures

    "receive the incoming radio signals"

  9. meet, encounter, receive(verb)

    experience as a reaction

    "My proposal met with much opposition"

  10. receive(verb)

    have or give a reception

    "The lady is receiving Sunday morning"

  11. get, receive(verb)

    receive as a retribution or punishment

    "He got 5 years in prison"

  12. receive(verb)

    partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament

  13. receive(verb)

    regard favorably or with disapproval

    "Her new collection of poems was not well received"

Wiktionary

  1. receive(Verb)

    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. receive(Verb)

    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. receive(Verb)

    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. receive(Verb)

    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. receive(Verb)

    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. receive(Verb)

    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. receive(Verb)

    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. Receive(verb)

    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. Receive(verb)

    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. Receive(verb)

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

  4. Receive(verb)

    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. Receive(verb)

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

  6. Receive(verb)

    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. Receive(verb)

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

  8. Receive(verb)

    to bat back (the ball) when served

  9. Receive(verb)

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

  10. Receive(verb)

    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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How to say receive in sign language?

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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. Jan Egeland:

    People receive threats from gangs and many just leave overnight. Very often they flee empty-handed, there's not enough being done to prevent it from happening in Mexico and throughout the region and to help victims.

  2. Paul Betancourt:

    We are draining a finite supply of water, it was ugly last year, and it's going to get uglier this year California is increasing distribution from a separate state-operated system of reservoirs and canals with fewer mandatory obligations. The State Water Project announced last month that The State Water Project could provide local agencies and farmers 15 percent of the water they requested, up from 5 percent last year. Some communities and endangered wildlife that rely on federal water will receive some water but still suffer cuts. Urban areas, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento area, will receive a quarter of typical water allotments but could receive more if public health is threatened. The water in the snowpack, California's primary water source, is at a fifth of its normal level, according to state officials. Federal officials said they don't expect a snow survey next week to show improved conditions. With enough precipitation, The State Water Project can provide more water later in the year. Paul Wegner, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, said the federal government's announcement is another sign California needs to speed up construction of water storage projects and to reform laws requiring the government to prioritize water to preserve the environment and fish species.

  3. Jeb Bush:

    You come out from the shadows. You receive a provisional work permit. You pay taxes. You don't receive federal government assistance. You learn English ...You work.

  4. Charlie Yaxley:

    We are reaching a potential breaking point in our programmes where if we don't receive further funding soon, many of our programmes and particularly our cash assistance programmes to internally displaced Yemenis may have to stop, we are seeing a growing number of families resorting to harmful coping mechanisms such as begging, child labour and marrying of children to survive.

  5. Veterans Affairs:

    Sharon Helman's removal is a positive step, but there are still many more VA scandal figures who also must be purged from the department's payroll in order for veterans and families to receive the closure they deserve.

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