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  1. a person or thing that receives.
  2. a device or apparatus that receives electrical signals, waves, or the like, and renders them perceptible to the senses, as the part of a telephone held to the ear, a radio receiving set, or a television receiving set.
  3. Law. a person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a bankrupt business or person or to care for property in litigation.
  4. Commerce. a person appointed to receive money due.
  5. a person who knowingly receives stolen goods for an illegal purpose; a dealer in stolen merchandise.
  6. a device or apparatus for receiving or holding something; receptacle; container.
  7. (in a firearm) the basic metal unit housing the action and to which the barrel and other components are attached.
  8. Chemistry. a vessel for collecting and containing a distillate.
  9. Football. a player on the offensive team who catches, is eligible to catch, or is noted for the ability to catch a forward pass: Jones was the receiver of the first pass thrown. He sent all his receivers downfield.
  10. Baseball. the catcher.
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Origin of receiver

1300–50; 1875–80 for def 2; receive + -er1; replacing Middle English recevour < Anglo-French receivour, recevour (< Old French recevere)
Related formspre·re·ceiv·er, nounun·der·re·ceiv·er, noun
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Related Words for receiver

customer, target, collector, heir, beneficiary, cashier, subject, recipient, trustee, creditor, consignee, grantee, acceptor, assignee, teller, television, telephone, radio, bug, handset

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British Dictionary definitions for receiver


  1. a person who receives something; recipient
  2. a person appointed by a court to manage property pending the outcome of litigation, during the infancy of the owner, or after the owner(s) has been declared bankrupt or of unsound mind
  3. mainly British a person who receives stolen goods knowing that they have been stolen
  4. the equipment in a telephone, radio, or television that receives incoming electrical signals or modulated radio waves and converts them into the original audio or video signals
  5. the part of a telephone containing the earpiece and mouthpiece that is held by the telephone user
  6. the equipment in a radar system, radio telescope, etc, that converts incoming radio signals into a useful form, usually displayed on the screen of a cathode-ray oscilloscope
  7. an obsolete word for receptacle
  8. chem a vessel in which the distillate is collected during distillation
  9. US sport a player whose function is to receive the ball, esp a footballer who catches long passes
  10. the metallic frame situated behind the breech of a gun to guide the round into the chamber
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Word Origin and History for receiver


mid-14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from receive, or from Old French recevere (Modern French receveur), agent noun from recievere. As a telephone apparatus, from 1877; in reference to a radio unit, from 1891; in U.S. football sense, from 1897.

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receiver in Science


  1. A device, as in a radio or telephone, that converts incoming radio, microwave, or electrical signals to a form, such as sound or light, that can be perceived by humans. Compare transmitter.
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