Definitions of receive

  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.
  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.
  3. To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give credence or acceptance to.
  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.
  5. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have capacity for; to be able to take in.
  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.
  7. To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen.
  8. To bat back ( the ball) when served.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. To get back; take; accept; admit.
  12. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as, she receives on Tuesdays.
  13. To return, or bat back, the ball when served; as, it is your turn to receive.
  14. To obtain or be presented with something; to take what is given or paid; to welcome guests.
  15. of perceptual input: receive a signal, receive news, receive a verdict, etc.
  16. convert into sounds or pictures, of incoming radio signals
  17. accept as true or valid; " He received Christ"
  18. partake of the Eucharist, in a Christian church
  19. receive as a retribution or punishment; " He got 5 years in prison"
  20. have or give a reception; " The lady is receiving Sunday morning"
  21. convert into sounds or pictures; " receive the incoming radio signals"
  22. regard favorably or with disapproval; " Her new collection of poems was not well received"
  23. partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament
  24. recieve ( perceptual input); " pick up a signal"
  25. get something; come into possession of; " receive payment"; " receive a gift"; " receive letters from the front"
  26. 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.
  27. 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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