Definition of "receive" []

  • To take or acquire (something given, offered, or transmitted); get. (verb-transitive)
  • To hear or see (information, for example): receive bad news; received a good report of the group's activities. (verb-transitive)
  • To have (a title, for example) bestowed on oneself. (verb-transitive)
  • To meet with; experience: receive sympathetic treatment. (verb-transitive)
  • To have inflicted or imposed on oneself: receive a penalty. (verb-transitive)
  • To take (something offered) into one's hand or possession (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To have (an honour, blessing, etc) bestowed (verb)
  • To accept delivery or transmission of (a letter, telephone call, etc) (verb)
  • To be informed of (news or information) (verb)
  • To hear and consent to or acknowledge (an oath, confession, etc) (verb)
  • (of a vessel or container) to take or hold (a substance, commodity, or certain amount) (verb)
  • To support or sustain (the weight of something); bear (verb)
  • To apprehend or perceive (ideas, etc) (verb)
  • To experience, undergo, or meet with (verb)
  • To be at home to (visitors) (verb)
  • To greet or welcome (visitors or guests), esp in formal style (verb)
  • To admit (a person) to a place, society, condition, etc (verb)
  • To accept or acknowledge (a precept or principle) as true or valid (verb)
  • To convert (incoming radio signals) into sounds, pictures, etc, by means of a receiver (verb)
  • To play at the other end from the server; be required to return (service) (verb)
  • To partake of (the Christian Eucharist) (verb)
  • To buy and sell stolen goods (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "receive" in a sentence
  • "Toyota's first step will be expanding its ringed logos across social media, at this summer's action-sports Dew Tour, by sponsoring a best-athlete voting contest as well as a scavenger hunt where participants who snap a tag receive a video response from a tour celebrity."
  • "For example, Manulife was selling policies that allowed investors to make deposits over a 10-year period and at the end of the term receive a guaranteed 75% of their total investment or market value, whichever was higher."
  • "They expected to receive a code word from those in charge that would expose us as messengers."