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



    BrE BrE//rɪˈsepʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsepʃn//
    In school, Radio technology, In the office, Marriage, Staying in a hotel, Watching TV
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  1. 1  [uncountable] (especially British English) the area inside the entrance of a hotel, an office building, etc. where guests or visitors go first when they arrive the reception area We arranged to meet in reception at 6.30. You can leave a message with reception. (North American English, British English) the reception desk compare front desk Wordfinderaccommodation, book, full board, holiday, hotel, reception, reservation, room service, suite, vacancy See related entries: In school, In the office, Staying in a hotel
  2. 2  [countable] a formal social occasion to welcome somebody or celebrate something a wedding reception A champagne reception was held at the Swallow Hotel. They hosted a reception for 75 guests. Wordfinderbest man, bride, ceremony, engaged, honeymoon, marriage, propose, reception, stag night, wedding Wordfinderanniversary, birthday, celebrate, commemorate, festivity, jubilee, occasion, parade, party, reception See related entries: Marriage
  3. 3  [singular] the type of welcome that is given to somebody/something Her latest album has met with a mixed reception from fans. Delegates gave him a warm reception as he called for more spending on education.
  4. 4  [uncountable] the quality of radio and television signals that are broadcast good/bad reception There was very poor reception on my phone. See related entries: Radio technology, Watching TV
  5. 5[uncountable] the act of receiving or welcoming somebody the reception of refugees from the war zone
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin receptio(n-), from the verb recipere, from re- ‘back’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples A reception party of soldiers was there to greet the visiting head of state. All delegates should report to reception on arrival. Are you having a big reception after the wedding? Friends and family are invited to a reception after the ceremony. I’ve been on reception the whole morning. I’ve left the keys at reception. Please wait for me downstairs in reception. She was given a rapturous reception by the crowd. Tables were set out in the embassy’s beautiful reception room. Television reception is very good in this area. The documents are in reception. The man at reception says there’s a call for you. The managers did not expect a sympathetic reception from the striking workers. The opening reception of the exhibition was attended by many well-known figures from the art world. The plan has had a somewhat mixed reception from local people. The returning soldiers enjoyed a rousing reception. We met at a reception. a White House cocktail reception a cool reception from the crowd a reception centre for children who have run away from home a reception centre/​center for visitors a reception for the Japanese trade delegation critical reception to a movie reception into the monastic order the book’s reception by reviewers the positive reception to the Chancellor’s speech Delegates at the conference gave him a warm reception. For more information, please contact the reception desk. She’s managing a reception centre for refugees. The hall is a popular venue for wedding receptions. The locals provided facilities for the reception of children from the war zone. They held a reception for 100 guests at the golf club. You can leave a message with reception.
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