Definitions for: Receive


[v] convert into sounds or pictures, of incoming radio signals
[v] receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
[v] accept as true or valid; "He received Christ"
[v] bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
[v] partake of the Eucharist, in a Christian church
[v] express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees"
[v] of perceptual input: receive a signal, receive news, receive a verdict, etc.
[v] of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"
[v] receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in prison"
[v] get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front"
[v] have or give a reception; "The lady is receiving Sunday morning"
[v] experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*ceive", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Received; p. pr. &
vb. n. Receiving.] [OF. receiver, recevoir, F. recevoir,
fr. L. recipere; pref. re- re- + capere to take, seize. See
See Capable, Heave, and cf. Receipt, Reception,
Recipe.]
1. To take, as something that is offered, given, committed,
sent, paid, or the like; to accept; as, to receive money
offered in payment of a debt; to receive a gift, a
message, or a letter.

Receyven all in gree that God us sent. --Chaucer.

2. Hence: To gain the knowledge of; to take into the mind by
assent to; to give admission to; to accept, as an opinion,
notion, etc.; to embrace.

Our hearts receive your warnings. --Shak.

The idea of solidity we receives by our touch.
--Locke.

3. To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give
credence or acceptance to.

Many other things there be which they have received
to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots. --Mark
vii. 4.

4. To give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's
house, presence, company, and the like; as, to receive a
lodger, visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc.

They kindled a fire, and received us every one.
--Acts xxviii.
2.

5. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have
capacity fro; to be able to take in.

The brazen altar that was before the Lord was too
little to receive the burnt offerings. --1 Kings
viii. 64.

6. To be affected by something; to suffer; to be subjected
to; as, to receive pleasure or pain; to receive a wound or
a blow; to receive damage.

Against his will he can receive no harm. --Milton.

7. To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen.

8. (Lawn Tennis) To bat back (the ball) when served.

Receiving ship, one on board of which newly recruited
sailors are received, and kept till drafted for service.

Syn: To accept; take; allow; hold; retain; admit.

Usage: Receive, Accept. To receive describes simply the
act of taking. To accept denotes the taking with
approval, or for the purposes for which a thing is
offered. Thus, we receive a letter when it comes to
hand; we receive news when it reaches us; we accept a
present when it is offered; we accept an invitation to
dine with a friend.

Who, if we knew What we receive, would either
not accept Life offered, or soon beg to lay it
down. --Milton.


Re*ceive", v. i.
1. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as,
she receives on Tuesdays.

2. (Lawn Tennis) To return, or bat back, the ball when
served; as, it is your turn to receive.

Synonyms: encounter, experience, find, get, get, have, have, incur, invite, meet, obtain, pick up, take in, undergo, welcome

Antonyms: say farewell

See Also: accept, accept, acquire, assume, celebrate, change, comprehend, convert, experience, fence, fete, get, graduate, greet, have, hear, horripilate, inherit, partake, perceive, recognise, recognize, respire, see, suffer, sustain, take, take, take in, take up, touch, welcome

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