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. Dag Hammarskjld:

    You are... the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does.

  2. Reza Mostafavi Tabatabaei:

    I was supposed to receive $3 million as a broker but most of the money went to the pockets of people in the IOEC who were involved in the contract.

  3. Dan Bartel:

    We’re extremely excited to announce the next device in our line of innovative Varia cycling awareness products – the Varia Vision in-sight display, cyclists can now easily view their data and receive alerts during a ride without needing to take their eyes off the road ahead.

  4. Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez:

    My position during this process has been that if bondholders receive better treatment in a new deal, pensioners must also receive better treatment.

  5. Afghanistan Sara Bahai:

    I receive threats from unknown callers who tell me to not drive in the city because I am a woman, because it is against Islam. Some tell me that if I continue to work as a taxi driver they will kill me, male passengers are very jealous and often abuse me, but I don't care what they think of me, I am not afraid. I will change the country with whatever ability I have to do so.

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