Definition of receptacle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈseptəkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈseptəkl//
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  1. 1receptacle (for something) (formal) a container for putting something in In the backyard there was a large receptacle for catching rainwater. (figurative) The seas have been used as a receptacle for a range of industrial toxins.
  2. 2(North American English) = outlet (5)
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin receptaculum, from receptare ‘receive back’, frequentative of recipere, from re- ‘back’ + capere ‘take’.
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