- 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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Examples from the Web for reception
She actually petted Kate's arm when she met her at a reception last night.LeBron's Touchy Feely Protocol Breach
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How has the Guardians reception been so far from your perspective?Gangster in Paradise: Benicio Del Toro Is Pablo Escobar
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A local Dad joked sotto voce to his wife “And afterwards there will be a reception who will be in the auditorium!”The Problem With Weird Al’s ‘Word Crimes’ Video
July 23, 2014
The report helpfully adds that “speeches were made at the reception.”North Korea's Birthday Wishes To The Queen
June 18, 2014
Obvious Child is not “the abortion movie” that its own marketing and reception might lead you to anticipate.Why Deny the Obvious: Hollywood’s Backward Stance on Abortion
June 10, 2014
Mrs. Morgan gave Robert a reception as warm as her husband had done.Brave and Bold
He could assure them they felt highly flattered at the reception which had been accorded them.
The preparations for our reception at Adelaide were most elaborate.
He was altogether unprepared for the reception which the lily received.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Becket could hardly have been prepared for the manner of his reception.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
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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 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.