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Definitions of receive

  1. experience as a reaction; " My proposal met with much opposition"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. of perceptual input: receive a signal, receive news, receive a verdict, etc.
  5. convert into sounds or pictures, of incoming radio signals
  6. accept as true or valid; " He received Christ"
  7. bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
  8. partake of the Eucharist, in a Christian church
  9. receive as a retribution or punishment; " He got 5 years in prison"
  10. have or give a reception; " The lady is receiving Sunday morning"
  11. convert into sounds or pictures; " receive the incoming radio signals"
  12. regard favorably or with disapproval; " Her new collection of poems was not well received"
  13. partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament
  14. recieve ( perceptual input); " pick up a signal"
  15. get something; come into possession of; " receive payment"; " receive a gift"; " receive letters from the front"
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give credence or acceptance to.
  19. 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.
  20. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have capacity for; to be able to take in.
  21. 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.
  22. To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen.
  23. To bat back ( the ball) when served.
  24. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as, she receives on Tuesdays.
  25. To return, or bat back, the ball when served; as, it is your turn to receive.
  26. To take or accept from another; to get knowledge of; as, to receive news; admit to one's company; entertain; as, to receive guests; to serve as a holder for; as, a channel to receive the overflow; to undergo; as, to receive a shock; to give lodging to, or to harbor; as, to receive stolen goods.
  27. To obtain or be presented with something; to take what is given or paid; to welcome guests.
  28. To take what is offered, etc.: to accept: to embrace with the mind: to assent to: to allow: to give acceptance to: to give admittance to: to welcome or entertain: to hold or contain: ( law) to take goods knowing them to be stolen: ( B.) to bear with, to believe in.
  29. Receivable.
  30. To get back; take; accept; admit.
  31. To get; take; accept; admit; hold.
  32. To take as offered, sent, gained, due, communicated, & c.; to accept; to obtain; to embrace; to allow; to admit; to welcome; to hold; to take stolen goods from a thief.
  33. To take or obtain from another in any manner; to accept; to take or obtain intellectually; to embrace; to admit; to welcome; to take in or on; in Scrip., to believe.
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Usage examples for receive

  1. If ever you receive this letter, find time to reply. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  2. I would not have you receive him because he is rich, but that fact is nothing against him. – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major
  3. He should not receive the letter until she was dead, that he might not think she had written it to save her life. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  4. I receive orders from none. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  5. Mar You know him better, or you ought to know him: He's born to give you fear, not to receive it. – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  6. Society will be as glad as ever to receive you. – Mortmain by Arthur Cheny Train
  7. We are ready to receive her. – The Master Mummer by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  8. Pierre stood to receive this sentence, and after it, his eyes fell. – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  9. But she did not in the least know how to stop him, or how to show him that she had intended to receive him simply as a man of business. – Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope
  10. It was evidently the answer Latour wished to receive, and in a sense it was true. – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  11. For instance, they might come in and ask cash from me and they would receive it. – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  12. A day or two after, she wished to receive Our Lord once more. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 13 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  13. Do you think that Miss Driver would wish to receive a call from me? – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  14. And I will be there and will receive the man. – Mr. Isaacs by F. Marion Crawford
  15. If we find Bones, you'll receive an extra twenty- five dollars. – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  16. Up pretty betimes and to the office, where busy till office time, and then we sat, but nothing to do but receive clamours about money. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  17. He would receive her one day, and let her look in his face. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
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