- to take into one's possession (something offered or delivered): to receive many gifts.
- to have (something) bestowed, conferred, etc.: to receive an honorary degree.
- to have delivered or brought to one: to receive a letter.
- to get or be informed of: to receive instructions; to receive news.
- to be burdened with; sustain: to receive a heavy load.
- to hold, bear, or contain: The nut receives a bolt and a washer. The plaster receives the impression of the mold.
- to take into the mind; apprehend mentally: to receive an idea.
- to accept from another by hearing or listening: A priest received his confession.
- to meet with; experience: to receive attention.
- to suffer the injury of: He received a terrific blow on the forehead.
- to be at home to (visitors): They received their neighbors on Sunday.
- to greet or welcome (guests, visitors, etc.) upon arriving: They received us at the front door.
- to admit (a person) to a place: The butler received him and asked him to wait in the drawing room.
- to admit into an organization, membership, etc.: to receive someone into the group.
- to accept as authoritative, valid, true, or approved: a principle universally received.
- to react to in the manner specified: to receive a proposal with contempt; She received the job offer with joy.
- to receive something.
- to receive visitors or guests.
- Radio. to convert incoming electromagnetic waves into the original signal.
- to receive the Eucharist: He receives every Sunday.
Origin of receive
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Examples from the Web for receiving
Of the three nominated, Webster did the best, receiving 12 votes, Gohmert and Yoho received three and two votes, respectively.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich
January 6, 2015
In 2011, only 27 percent of families living in poverty were receiving welfare assistance.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block
December 25, 2014
Outside of concerns for the lack of education the kids are receiving, is worry about how they will spend their time instead.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
After five years of not receiving services in California, her family moved to Virginia.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
He contacted police after receiving six text messages from Miss Manners during the five months to April.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission
December 2, 2014
Receiving no response she knocked again, this time with more force.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
To expect less is to get less, since it is to dwarf my own power of receiving.The Conquest of Fear
In her heart she had begun to feel that the letters she was receiving were from Peter Morrison.Her Father's Daughter
The mind was intensely receptive, when it was receiving at all.
After receiving his degree he commenced the practice of medicine with his preceptor.Cleveland Past and Present
- to take (something offered) into one's hand or possession
- to have (an honour, blessing, etc) bestowed
- to accept delivery or transmission of (a letter, telephone call, etc)
- to be informed of (news or information)
- to hear and consent to or acknowledge (an oath, confession, etc)
- (of a vessel or container) to take or hold (a substance, commodity, or certain amount)
- to support or sustain (the weight of something); bear
- to apprehend or perceive (ideas, etc)
- to experience, undergo, or meet withto receive a crack on the skull
- (also intr) to be at home to (visitors)
- to greet or welcome (visitors or guests), esp in formal style
- to admit (a person) to a place, society, condition, etche was received into the priesthood
- to accept or acknowledge (a precept or principle) as true or valid
- to convert (incoming radio signals) into sounds, pictures, etc, by means of a receiver
- (also intr) tennis to play at the other end from the server; be required to return (service)
- (also intr) to partake of (the Christian Eucharist)
- (intr) mainly British to buy and sell stolen goods
Word Origin and History for receiving
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.
Idioms and Phrases with receiving
see on the receiving end.