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[ri-sip-ee-uh nt] /rɪˈsɪp i ənt/
a person or thing that receives; receiver:
the recipient of a prize.
receiving or capable of receiving.
Origin of recipient
1550-60; < Latin recipient- (stem of recipiēns), present participle of recipere to receive; see -ent
Related forms
nonrecipient, adjective, noun
unrecipient, adjective Unabridged
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  • He leaned from the saddle to bring his recipient hand to a convenient distance.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • I was doomed to be the recipient of confidences, and to be confronted with unanswerable questions.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • He knew you then as something more than the recipient of his earnings.

    St. Patrick's Eve Charles James Lever
  • Where it is assumed that the recipient will not want to read the letter.

  • He was, indeed, the recipient of other honours not often awarded for scientific distinction.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
British Dictionary definitions for recipient


a person who or thing that receives
a less common word for receptive
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin recipiēns, from recipere to receive
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Word Origin and History for recipient

1550s, from Middle French récipient (16c.) and directly from Latin recipientem (nominative recipiens), present participle of recipere (see receive). As an adjective from 1610s. Related: Recipience; recipiency.

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recipient in Medicine

recipient re·cip·i·ent (rĭ-sĭp'ē-ənt)
Functioning as a receiver; receptive. n.
One who receives blood, tissue, or an organ from a donor.

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