receive
verb (received; receiving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French receivre, from Latin recipere, from re- + capere to take — more at heave Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to come into possession of ; acquire <
receive a gift
>
2. a. to act as a receptacle or container for <
the cistern receives water from the roof
>
b. to assimilate through the mind or senses <
receive new ideas
>
3. a. to permit to enter ; admit b. welcome, greet c. to react to in a specified manner 4. to accept as authoritative, true, or accurate ; believe 5. a. to support the weight or pressure of ; bear b. to take (a mark or impression) from the weight of something <
some clay receives clear impressions
>
c. acquire, experience <
received his early schooling at home
>
d. to suffer the hurt or injury of <
received a broken nose
>
intransitive verb 1. to be a recipient 2. to be at home to visitors <
receives on Tuesdays
>
3. to convert incoming radio waves into perceptible signals 4. to prepare to take possession of the ball from a kick in football

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Receive — Re*ceive (r[ e]*s[=e]v ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Received} (r[ e]*s[=e]vd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Receiving}.] [OF. receveir, recevoir, F. recevoir, fr. L. recipere; pref. re re + capere to take, seize. See {Capable}, {Heave}, and cf. {Receipt},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • receive — receive, accept, admit, take can all mean to permit to come into one s possession, presence, group, mind, or substance. They are seldom interchangeable except within a narrow range and, even then, rarely without modification of the thought… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • receive — [ri sēv′] vt. received, receiving [ME receiven < Anglo Fr receivre < OFr < L recipere < re , back + capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. to take or get (something given, offered, sent, etc.); acquire or accept 2. to encounter; experience [to …   English World dictionary

  • receive — I (acquire) verb accept, accipere, assume, be given, capere, catch, collect, come by, derive, draw, earn, gain, gather, get, inherit, make, obtain, pick up, pocket, procure, realize, reap, secure, seize, take, take in, take possession, win… …   Law dictionary

  • Receive — Re*ceive (r[ e]*s[=e]v ), v. i. 1. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as, she receives on Tuesdays. [1913 Webster] 2. (Lawn Tennis) To return, or bat back, the ball when served; as, it is your turn to receive. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • receive — [v1] accept delivery of something accept, acquire, admit, apprehend, appropriate, arrogate, assume, be given, be informed, be in receipt of, be told, catch, collect, come by, come into, cop*, corral*, derive, draw, earn, gain, gather, get, get… …   New thesaurus

  • receive —   [engl.], empfangen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • receive — (v.) c.1300, from O.N.Fr. receivre (O.Fr. recoivre), from L. recipere regain, take back, from re back (see RE (Cf. re )) + cipere, comb. form of capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Radio and (later) television sense is attested from 19 …   Etymology dictionary

  • receive — is a key word supporting the rule of spelling ‘i before e except after c’. See i before e …   Modern English usage

  • receive — ► VERB 1) be given, presented with, or paid. 2) accept or take delivery of. 3) chiefly Brit. buy or accept (goods known to be stolen). 4) form (an idea or impression) from an experience. 5) detect or pick up (broadcast signals). 6) (in tennis and …   English terms dictionary

  • receive — re|ceive W1S1 [rıˈsi:v] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(be given something)¦ 2¦(be sent something)¦ 3¦(treatment)¦ 4¦(reaction to something)¦ 5 be on/at the receiving end (of something) 6 receive an injury/blow 7¦(people)¦ 8¦(by radio)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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