- the act of receiving or the state of being received.
- a manner of being received: The book met with a favorable reception.
- a function or occasion when persons are formally received: a wedding reception.
- the quality or fidelity attained in receiving radio or television broadcasts under given circumstances.
Origin of reception
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- the act of receiving or state of being received
- the manner in which something, such as a guest or a new idea, is receiveda cold reception
- a formal party for guests, such as one after a wedding
- an area in an office, hotel, etc, where visitors or guests are received and appointments or reservations dealt with
- short for reception room
- the quality or fidelity of a received radio or television broadcastthe reception was poor
- the first class in an infant school
- a class in a school designed to receive new immigrants, esp those whose knowledge of English is poor
- (as modifier)a reception teacher
Word Origin and History for non-reception
late 14c., in astrology, "effect of two planets on each other;" sense of "act of receiving" is recorded from late 15c., from Latin receptionem (nominative receptio) "a receiving," noun of action from past participle stem of recipere (see receive). Sense of "ceremonial gathering" is 1882, from French.