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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.


  1. reception

    Reception is the act or process of receiving someone or something, as well as the manner in which this act is performed. It refers to the way people, signals, or messages are received and dealt with. It can also refer to a social gathering especially for the purpose of formally welcoming or celebrating someone or something.

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

Anagrams for reception »

  1. creep into

  2. prenotice

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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. Krissy Miles:

    I remember being amazed at the massive reception we received of nearly 200,000 Christians gathering to celebrate their freedom in Christ.

  2. Leonid Pasechnik:

    The Russian Federation is ready to provide organized reception and accommodation on The Russian Federation territory of residents of the Luhansk People Republic, once again, I appeal to all men who are able to hold weapons in their hands, to defend their land.

  3. Jerry Rice:

    This may be a decision the The Buffaloes lament : A fumble on a conservative run play while trying to run out the clock with less than 30 seconds remaining until halftime. The Utes turned Jarek Broussards miscue into a 42-yard field goal by Jadon Redding as time expired to give the offense a little confidence boost. Ty Jordan shined in a matchup between two highly touted tailbacks. The freshman finished with 147 yards rushing. His counterpart, Broussard, started slow but finished with 80 yards, which was well below his 183.3 average. The Buffaloes suffered a huge blow in the first half when they lost linebacker Nate Landman to what could be a season-ending ankle injury. Using a scooter and wearing a leg brace, the emotional leader of the team returned to the sideline. His absence was felt in the second half. Jerry Rice gave The Buffaloes a 14-7 lead late in the first half with Colorados first punt return for a score since Sept. 9, 2017. Jerry Rice also scored on a bubble screen to put The Buffaloes up 21-10 moments in the the third quarter. The last Colorado player to record a TD on both a reception and a return( punt or kickoff) in the same game was Walter Stanley against Texas Tech on Sept. 12, 1981, according to the school. Rices feat felt bittersweet in light of the loss. Kind of hurts.

  4. Landlord David Placek:

    By and large weve gotten a good reception from our tenants, theyre happy that we were able to do this early on and really able to show them some compassion and feelings for what they might be going through.

  5. Captain Padraig Harrington:

    A bit of fun and we got a nice reception with it, that's kind of what you want on the practice days. Obviously, business starts on Friday. But at the moment, the players are enjoying it and having a good time with it.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    A calcaneus
    B hypostatization
    C imperviousness
    D sundog

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