Definition of Receive

1. Verb. Get something; come into possession of. "They receive the money "; "Receive letters from the front"

Exact synonyms: Have
Specialized synonyms: Take In, Take Up, Hustle, Accept, Fence, Graduate, Inherit
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Related verbs: Accept, Have, Take
Derivative terms: Receiver, Reception, Recipient

2. Verb. Receive a specified treatment (abstract). "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
Exact synonyms: Find, Get, Incur, Obtain
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Take
Related verbs: Acquire, Get

3. Verb. Register (perceptual input). "They receive the information to them"; "Pick up a signal"
Exact synonyms: Pick Up
Generic synonyms: Comprehend, Perceive
Specialized synonyms: Hear
Derivative terms: Receiver, Receptive, Receptor

4. Verb. Go through (mental or physical states or experiences). "Have a feeling"
Exact synonyms: Experience, Get, Have
Specialized synonyms: Get, Have, Suffer, Sustain, Take, Horripilate
Entails: Comprehend, Perceive
Generic synonyms: Undergo
Derivative terms: Experience, Experience

5. Verb. Express willingness to have in one's home or environs. "Sam cannot receive Sue "; "The community warmly received the refugees"
Exact synonyms: Invite, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Welcome, Absorb, See, Assume, Induct
Derivative terms: Invitation, Receptive

6. Verb. Accept as true or valid. "He received Christ"
Generic synonyms: Accept
Derivative terms: Receptive, Receptive

7. Verb. Bid welcome to; greet upon arrival.
Exact synonyms: Welcome
Generic synonyms: Greet, Recognise, Recognize
Antonyms: Say Farewell
Derivative terms: Welcomer

8. Verb. Convert into sounds or pictures. "Receive the incoming radio signals"
Generic synonyms: Convert
Derivative terms: Receiver

9. Verb. Experience as a reaction. "My proposal met with much opposition"
Exact synonyms: Encounter, Meet
Generic synonyms: Experience, Have
Derivative terms: Receptive, Receptive

10. Verb. Have or give a reception. "The lady is receiving Sunday morning"
Generic synonyms: Celebrate, Fete
Derivative terms: Reception

11. Verb. Receive as a retribution or punishment. "He got 5 years in prison"
Exact synonyms: Get
Related verbs: Catch, Get

12. Verb. Partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament.
Category relationships: Christian Religion, Christianity
Generic synonyms: Partake, Touch

13. Verb. Regard favorably or with disapproval. "Her new collection of poems was not well received"
Generic synonyms: Consider, Reckon, Regard, See, View
Derivative terms: Receptive, Receptive

Definition of Receive

1. v. t. To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, or the like; to accept; as, to receive money offered in payment of a debt; to receive a gift, a message, or a letter.

2. v. i. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as, she receives on Tuesdays.

Definition of Receive

1. Verb. to get, to be given something while the other party is the active partner (opposite: to obtain). ¹

2. Verb. to take possession of ¹

3. Verb. To act as a host for guests. ¹

4. Verb. To suffer from (an injury) ¹

5. Verb. (telecommunications) To detect a signal from a transmitter. ¹

6. Verb. (sports) To be in a position to take possition, or hit back the ball. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To accept into the mind; to understand. ¹

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Definition of Receive

1. to come into possession of [v -CEIVED, -CEIVING, -CEIVES]

Medical Definition of Receive

1. 1. To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, or the like; to accept; as, to receive money offered in payment of a debt; to receive a gift, a message, or a letter. "Receyven all in gree that God us sent." (Chaucer) 2. Hence: To gain the knowledge of; to take into the mind by assent to; to give admission to; to accept, as an opinion, notion, etc.; to embrace. "Our hearts receive your warnings." (Shak) "The idea of solidity we receives by our touch." (Locke) 3. To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give credence or acceptance to. "Many other things there be which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots." (Mark vii. 4) 4. To give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's house, presence, company, and the like; as, to receive a lodger, visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc. "They kindled a fire, and received us every one." (Acts xxviii. 2) 5. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have capacity fro; to be able to take in. "The brazen altar that was before the Lord was too little to receive the burnt offerings." (1 Kings viii. 64) 6. To be affected by something; to suffer; to be subjected to; as, to receive pleasure or pain; to receive a wound or a blow; to receive damage. "Against his will he can receive no harm." (Milton) 7. To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen. 8. To bat back (the ball) when served. Receiving ship, one on board of which newly recruited sailors are received, and kept till drafted for service. Synonym: To accept, take, allow, hold, retain, admit. Receive, Accept. To receive describes simply the act of taking. To accept denotes the taking with approval, or for the purposes for which a thing is offered. Thus, we receive a letter when it comes to hand; we receive news when it reaches us; we accept a present when it is offered; we accept an invitation to dine with a friend. "Who, if we knew What we receive, would either not accept Life offered, or soon beg to lay it down." (Milton) Origin: OF. Receiver, recevoir, F. Recevoir, fr. L. Recipere; pref. Re- re- + capere to take, seize. See See Capable, Heave, and cf. Receipt, Reception, Recipe. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Receive

receive (current term)
receiver-creditor relation
receiver cell
receiver operating characteristic
receiver operating characteristic curve

Literary usage of Receive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1879)
"was answered, You must there receive the comforts of all your toil, and have joy for all your sorrow; Gal. 6 7. you must reap what you have sown, ..."

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