[ ri-seet ]
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  1. a written acknowledgment of having received, or taken into one's possession, a specified amount of money, goods, etc.

  2. receipts, the amount or quantity received: Economic austerity diminished the government’s tax receipts.

  1. the act of receiving or the state of being received: We are in receipt of your letter requesting a copy of the report.

  2. something that is received.

  3. receipts, Slang. evidence or proof: There's no way he's a crook—show me the receipts!

  4. Archaic. recipe.

verb (used with object)
  1. to acknowledge in writing the payment of (a bill): The check was dated January 9, and the invoice was receipted on January 15.

  2. to give a receipt for (money, goods, etc.).

verb (used without object)
  1. to give a receipt, as for money or goods.

Origin of receipt

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English receite, receyt, from Anglo-French, from Old French recete, reçoite, recoite or directly from Medieval Latin recepta “money received, receipt, recipe,” feminine past participle of recipere “to receive,” from Latin; see origin at receive

Other words from receipt

  • non·re·ceipt, noun
  • pre·re·ceipt, verb (used with object)
  • un·re·ceipt·ed, adjective

Words Nearby receipt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use receipt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for receipt


/ (rɪˈsiːt) /

  1. a written acknowledgment by a receiver of money, goods, etc, that payment or delivery has been made

  2. the act of receiving or fact of being received

  1. (usually plural) an amount or article received

  2. archaic another word for recipe

  1. (tr) to acknowledge payment of (a bill), as by marking it

  2. mainly US to issue a receipt for (money, goods, etc)

Origin of receipt

C14: from Old Norman French receite, from Medieval Latin recepta, from Latin recipere to receive

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