Definition of receive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːv//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they receive
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːv//
    he / she / it receives
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːvz//
    past simple received
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːvd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːvd//
    past participle received
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːvd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːvd//
    -ing form receiving
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːvɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːvɪŋ//
    Radio broadcasting, Tennis
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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 service.
  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 favourably 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 honoured guest at the White House.
  8. as member of something
  9. 5[transitive] receive somebody (into something) (formal) to officially recognize and accept somebody 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 programmes via satellite See related entries: Radio broadcasting
  12. 7[transitive] receive something/somebody to be able to hear a radio message that is being sent by somebody I'm receiving you loud and clear.
  13. stolen goods
  14. 8[transitive, intransitive] receive (something) (especially British English) to buy or accept goods that you know have been stolen
  15. in sport
  16. 9[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. See related entries: Tennis
  17. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French receivre, based on Latin recipere, from re- ‘back’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples Any help or donations will be gratefully received. I just received a call from a concerned parent. I received a package from my mother. The news was received with dismay. The play was very well received. The speech was badly received by Republican leaders. They currently receive subsidies from the government. You can expect to receive compensation for all direct expenses arising out of the accident. You might be entitled to receive housing benefit. You will automatically receive updates by text message. a device for sending and receiving electronic signals I’ve just received this letter from an old friend. Please let me know as soon as you receive payment. Several of the passengers received severe injuries.Idioms
    be at/on the receiving end (of something)
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    (informal) to be the person that an action, etc. is directed at, especially an unpleasant one She found herself on the receiving end of a great deal of criticism.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: receive