American English

Definition of reception noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] the type of welcome that is given to someone or 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.
  2. 2[countable] a formal social occasion to welcome someone or celebrate something a wedding reception A champagne reception was held at the Swallow Hotel. They hosted a reception for 75 guests.
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of receiving or welcoming someone the reception of refugees from the war zone
  4. 4[uncountable] the quality of radio and television signals that are broadcast good/bad reception There was very poor reception on my phone.
  5. 5[uncountable] 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. the reception desk compare front desk
  6. 6[countable] (in football) the act of catching a ball when it is being passed forward a 33-yard reception
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: reception