What does receive mean?

Definitions for receive

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"


  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.

  2. receiveverb

    to take possession of

  3. receiveverb

    To act as a host for guests.

  4. receiveverb

    To suffer from (an injury)

    I received a bloody nose from the collision.

  5. receiveverb

    To detect a signal from a transmitter.

  6. receiveverb

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

  7. receiveverb

    To accept into the mind; to understand.

  8. 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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RECEIVEverb

    Etymology: recevoir, Fr. recipio, Lat.

    If by this crime he owes the law his life,
    Why, let the war receive ’t in valiant gore. William Shakespeare.

    A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and return. Luke xiv. 12.

    Ye shall receive of me gifts. Dan. ii. 6.

    Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king’s son. 2 Sam. xviii. 12.

    What? shall we receive good at the hands of God, and shall we not receive evil? Job ii. 10.

    To them hast thou poured a drink-offering? should I receive comfort in these? Is. lvii. 6.

    He that doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong done; and there is no respect of persons. Col. iii. 25.

    They lived with the friendship and equality of brethren; received no laws from one another, but lived separately. John Locke.

    Put all in writing that thou givest out, and receivest in. Ecclus. xlii. 7.

    Draw general conclusions from every particular they meet with: these make little true benefit of history; nay, being of forward and active spirits, receive more harm by it. John Locke.

    The idea of solidity we receive by our touch. John Locke.

    The same inability will every one find, who shall go about to fashion in his understanding any simple idea, not received in by his senses or by reflection. John Locke.

    To conceive the ideas we receive from sensation, consider them, in reference to the different ways, whereby they make their approaches to our minds. John Locke.

    We have set it down as a law, to examine things to the bottom, and not to receive upon credit, or reject upon improbabilities. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    In an equal indifferency for all truth; I mean the receiving it, in the love of it, as truth; and in the examination of our principles, and not receiving any for such, till we are fully convinced of their certainty, consists the freedom of the understanding. John Locke.

    Long received custom forbidding them to do as they did, there was no excuse to justify their act; unless, in the scripture, they could shew some law, that did licence them thus to break a received custom. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 5.

    Will it not be receiv’d,
    When we have mark’d with blood those sleepy two,
    And us’d their very daggers; that they have don’t?
    —— Who dares receive it other? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Lest any should think that any thing in this number eight creates the diapason; this computation of eight is rather a thing received, than any true computation. Francis Bacon.

    When they came to Jerusalem, they were received of the church. Acts xv. 4.

    Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psalm lxxiii. 24.

    Let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that received in again. Numb. xii. 14.

    Free converse with persons of different sects will enlarge our charity towards others, and incline us to receive them into all the degrees of unity and affection, which the word of God requires. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    He was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. Acts i. 9.

    After the Lord had spoken, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Mar. xvi. 19.

    To one of your receiving,
    Enough is shewn. William Shakespeare.

    Abundance fit to honour, and receive
    Our heav’nly stranger. John Milton.

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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  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. Al Schmidt:

    In Philly, we set out and voted on a procedure complying with the Pennsylvania election code for how to challenge those mail-in ballots whether they are absentee ballots or regular mail-in ballots and as of close of business today, we did not receive a challenge to any of them.

  2. Og Mandino:

    Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!

  3. Reg Baker:

    If the plan was to receive state funding for 10 years then that should have been incorporated into the Connector’s business plan from the beginning and thoroughly discussed and approved by the state Legislature, the funding source to keep the Connector operational should have been determined and secured a long time ago. This implies that they had other plans for funding operations that did not materialize for them — we all watched that unfold in the media.

  4. Peter Maurer:

    Non-communicable diseases are a silent killer and often overlooked during times of armed conflict, if you look at Yemen, Syria, Iraq and beyond, thousands will remain with life-threatening illnesses if they are not able to receive essential medical supplies such as insulin to treat diabetes.

  5. Welat Aydin:

    We did not receive education in our mother tongue. Education is of poor quality anyway. When there is no chemistry teacher, the literature teacher takes chemistry classes. That is why I did not apply for university entrance exams. I didn't believe I would stand a chance.

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