[ ri-sep-shuhn ]
/ rɪˈsɛp ʃən /


the act of receiving or the state of being received.
a manner of being received: The book met with a favorable reception.
a function or occasion when persons are formally received: a wedding reception.
the quality or fidelity attained in receiving radio or television broadcasts under given circumstances.

Nearby words

  1. recent,
  2. recently,
  3. recept,
  4. receptacle,
  5. receptible,
  6. reception centre,
  7. reception desk,
  8. reception room,
  9. receptionism,
  10. receptionist

Origin of reception

1350–1400; Middle English recepcion < Latin receptiōn- (stem of receptiō), equivalent to recept(us) (past participle of recipere to receive) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·re·cep·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reception


/ (rɪˈsɛpʃən) /


Word Origin for reception

C14: from Latin receptiō a receiving, from recipere to receive

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Word Origin and History for reception



late 14c., in astrology, "effect of two planets on each other;" sense of "act of receiving" is recorded from late 15c., from Latin receptionem (nominative receptio) "a receiving," noun of action from past participle stem of recipere (see receive). Sense of "ceremonial gathering" is 1882, from French.

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