verb (used with object), re·ceived, re·ceiv·ing.
verb (used without object), re·ceived, re·ceiv·ing.
- received pronunciation,
- received standard,
- receiver general
Origin of receive
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for receive
c.1300, from Old North French receivre (Old French recoivre) "seize, take hold of, pick up; welcome, accept," from Latin recipere "regain, take back, bring back, carry back, recover; take to oneself, take in, admit," from re- "back," though the exact sense here is obscure (see re-) + -cipere, comb. form of capere "to take" (see capable). Radio and (later) television sense is attested from 1908. Related: Received; receiving.