[ 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.

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 forms

non·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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