American English

Definition of receive verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they receive
    he / she / it receives
    past simple received
    -ing form receiving
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  1. 1[transitive] (rather formal) to get or accept something that is sent or given to you receive something to receive a letter/present/phone call to receive information/payment/thanks receive something from somebody/something He received an award for bravery from the police department.
  2. treatment/injury
  3. 2[transitive] to experience or be given a particular type of treatment or an injury receive something from somebody We received a warm welcome from our hosts. receive something Emergency cases will receive professional attention immediately. to receive severe injuries
  4. react to something
  5. 3[transitive, usually passive] to react to something new in a particular way receive something + adv./prep. The play was well received by the critics. The proposals have been favorably received by most political commentators. receive something with something The statistics were received with concern.
  6. guests
  7. 4[transitive, often passive] receive somebody (with something) receive somebody (as something) (formal) to welcome or entertain a guest, especially formally He was received as an honored guest at the White House.
  8. as member of something
  9. 5[transitive] receive somebody (into something) to officially recognize and accept someone as a member of a group Three young people were received into the church at Easter.
  10. TV/radio
  11. 6[transitive] receive something to change broadcast signals into sounds or pictures on a television, radio, etc. to receive programs via satellite
  12. 7[transitive] receive something/somebody to be able to hear a radio message that is being sent by someone I'm receiving you loud and clear.
  13. in sports
  14. 8[intransitive, transitive] receive (something) (in tennis, etc.) to be the player that the server hits the ball to She won the toss and chose to receive.
  15. Idioms
    be at/on the receiving end (of something) (informal)
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    to be the person that an action, etc. is directed at, especially an unpleasant one She found herself on the receiving end of a lot of criticism.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: receive