receive

[ ri-seev ]
/ rɪˈsiv /

verb (used with object), re·ceived, re·ceiv·ing.

verb (used without object), re·ceived, re·ceiv·ing.


Nearby words

  1. recd.,
  2. recede,
  3. receipt,
  4. receiptor,
  5. receivable,
  6. received,
  7. received pronunciation,
  8. received standard,
  9. receiver,
  10. receiver general

Origin of receive

1250–1300; Middle English receven < Old North French receivre < Latin recipere, equivalent to re- re- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take

Related formsin·ter·re·ceive, verb (used with object), in·ter·re·ceived, in·ter·re·ceiv·ing.non·re·ceiv·ing, adjectivepre·re·ceive, verb (used with object), pre·re·ceived, pre·re·ceiv·ing.un·re·ceiv·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for receive

receive

/ (rɪˈsiːv) /

verb (mainly tr)

Word Origin for receive

C13: from Old French receivre, from Latin recipere to take back, from re- + capere to take

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Word Origin and History for receive

receive

v.

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.

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