[ ri-seevd ]
/ rɪˈsivd /


generally or traditionally accepted; conventional; standard: a received moral idea.

Origin of received

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at receive, -ed2

Related forms

well-re·ceived, adjective

Definition for received (2 of 2)


[ ri-seev ]
/ rɪˈsiv /

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

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

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 forms

in·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for received (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈsiːvd) /


generally accepted or believedreceived wisdom

British Dictionary definitions for received (2 of 2)


/ (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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