noun Etymology: Middle English recepcion, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reception, from Latin reception-, receptio, from recipere Date: 15th century 1. the act or action or an instance of receiving: as a. receipt <
the reception and distribution of funds
b. admission <
reception into the church
c. response, reaction <
the play met with a mixed reception
d. the receiving of a radio or television broadcast e. the catching of a forward pass by a receiver 2. a social gathering often for the purpose of extending a formal welcome

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