What does reception mean?

Definitions for reception
rɪˈsɛp ʃənre·cep·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reception, responsenoun

    the manner in which something is greeted

    "she did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors"

  2. receptionnoun

    a formal party of people; as after a wedding

  3. receptionnoun

    quality or fidelity of a received broadcast

  4. reception, receiptnoun

    the act of receiving

  5. receptionnoun

    (American football) the act of catching a pass in football

    "the tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"


  1. receptionnoun

    The act of receiving.

  2. receptionnoun

    The act or ability to receive radio or similar signals.

  3. receptionnoun

    A social engagement, usually to formally welcome someone.

    After the wedding we proceeded to the reception.

  4. receptionnoun

    A reaction.

    The ambassador's jokes met a cold reception.

  5. receptionnoun

    The desk of a hotel or office where guests are received.

  6. receptionnoun

    The school year, or part thereof, between preschool and Year 1, when children are introduced to formal education.

  7. Etymology: From receptio, from recipio, from re- + capio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Receptionnoun

    Etymology: receptus, Latin.

    Both serve completely for the reception and communication of learned knowledge. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

    In this animal are found parts official unto nutrition, which were its aliment the empty reception of air, provisions had been superfluous. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Causes, according still
    To the reception of their matter, act;
    Not to th’ extent of their own sphere. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    In some animals, the avenues, provided by nature for the reception of sensations, are few, and the perception, they are received with, obscure and dull. John Locke.

    All hope is lost
    Of my reception into grace. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    I cannot survey this world of fluid matter, without thinking on the hand that first poured it out, and made a proper channel for its reception. Addison.

    This succession of so many powerful methods being farther prescribed by God, have found so discouraging a reception, that nothing but the violence of storming or battery can pretend to prove successful. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    Pretending to consult
    About the great reception of their king,
    Thither to come. John Milton.

    Philosophers, who have quitted the popular doctrines of their countries, have fallen into as extravagant opinions, as even common reception countenanced. John Locke.

    He was right glad of the French king’s reception of those towns from Maximilian. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Receptionnoun

    the act of receiving; receipt; admission; as, the reception of food into the stomach; the reception of a letter; the reception of sensation or ideas; reception of evidence

  2. Receptionnoun

    the state of being received

  3. Receptionnoun

    the act or manner of receiving, esp. of receiving visitors; entertainment; hence, an occasion or ceremony of receiving guests; as, a hearty reception; an elaborate reception

  4. Receptionnoun

    acceptance, as of an opinion or doctrine

  5. Receptionnoun

    a retaking; a recovery

  6. Etymology: [F. rception, L. receptio, fr. recipere, receptum. See Receive.]


  1. Reception

    In American football, a reception is part of a play in which a forward pass from behind the line of scrimmage is received by a player in bounds, who, after the catch, proceeds to either score a touchdown or be downed. Yards gained from the receiving play are credited to the player as receiving yards. If such a pass is not caught by the receiver, it is called an incomplete pass or simply an incompletion.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. reception

    1. All ground arrangements connected with the delivery and disposition of air or sea drops. Includes selection and preparation of site, signals for warning and approach, facilitation of secure departure of agents, speedy collection of delivered articles, and their prompt removal to storage places having maximum security. When a group is involved, it may be called a reception committee. 2. Arrangements to welcome and provide secure quarters or transportation for defectors, escapees, evaders, or incoming agents. 3. The process of receiving, offloading, marshalling, and transporting of personnel, equipment, and materiel from the strategic and/or intratheater deployment phase to a sea, air, or surface transportation point of debarkation to the marshalling area.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reception' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3898

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reception' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4353

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reception' in Nouns Frequency: #1548

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reception in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reception in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of reception in a Sentence

  1. Richard Branson:

    We plan to put an initial array of 648 satellites up, and if that’s successful, we want to go to 2,400 satellites, the idea is to reach the billions of people who don’t have Internet access and to do so with good quality reception and good prices.

  2. Brian Hansford:

    As arrivals increase, the reception capacity and conditions remain seriously inadequate, this is a regional problem that needs a regional response and regional solidarity.

  3. Kitty McKinsey:

    A lot of people come and they want to be caught, they file for asylum and they go to what are called open reception centers and then a lot of them do frankly disappear into Western Europe.

  4. Andy Hogg:

    We are careful to make sure we don't leave any fruit or food behind the counter for when the elephants come in, during the time that the wild mango fruit is in season, we get elephants in the courtyard and in reception several times a day. It generally happens from late October through mid-December.

  5. Vigo County:

    I do, some guests are telling us the bride and groom didn't speak to each other at the reception.

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    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    • A. embellish
    • B. loom
    • C. rumpus
    • D. cleave

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