Definition of Reception

1. Noun. The manner in which something is greeted. "She did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors"

Exact synonyms: Response
Generic synonyms: Greeting, Salutation
Derivative terms: Receptionist

2. Noun. A formal party of people; as after a wedding.
Generic synonyms: Party
Specialized synonyms: At Home, Levee, Tea, Wedding Reception
Terms within: Reception Line
Derivative terms: Receive

3. Noun. Quality or fidelity of a received broadcast.
Generic synonyms: Broadcasting
Specialized synonyms: Detection, Signal Detection, Demodulation

4. Noun. The act of receiving.
Exact synonyms: Receipt
Generic synonyms: Acquiring, Getting
Derivative terms: Receipt, Receive, Receptionist

5. Noun. (American football) the act of catching a pass in football. "The tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"
Generic synonyms: Catch, Grab, Snap, Snatch
Category relationships: American Football, American Football Game

Definition of Reception

1. n. The act of receiving; receipt; admission; as, the reception of food into the stomach; the reception of a letter; the reception of sensation or ideas; reception of evidence.

Definition of Reception

1. Noun. The act of receiving. ¹

2. Noun. (electronics) The act or ability to receive radio or similar signals. ¹

3. Noun. A social engagement, usually to formally welcome someone. ¹

4. Noun. A reaction. ¹

5. Noun. The desk of a hotel or office where guests are received. ¹

6. Noun. (context: UK education) The school year, or part thereof, between preschool and Year 1, when children are introduced to formal education. ¹

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Definition of Reception

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Medical Definition of Reception

1. 1. The act of receiving; receipt; admission; as, the reception of food into the stomach; the reception of a letter; the reception of sensation or ideas; reception of evidence. 2. The state of being received. 3. The act or manner of receiving, especially. Of receiving visitors; entertainment; hence, an occasion or ceremony of receiving guests; as, a hearty reception; an elaborate reception. "What reception a poem may find." (Goldsmith) 4. Acceptance, as of an opinion or doctrine. "Philosophers who have quitted the popular doctrines of their countries have fallen into as extravagant opinions as even common reception countenanced." (Locke) 5. A retaking; a recovery. Origin: F. Reception, L. Receptio, fr. Recipere, receptum. See Receive. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reception

receptaculum chyli
receptaculum ganglii petrosi
receptaculum pecqueti
reception (current term)
reception center
reception desk
reception desks
reception line
reception room
receptive aphasia
receptive field
receptive language

Literary usage of Reception

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

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"In the reception rooms of the pope, between the Sala degli Arazzi and the Sala ... The second floor includes the reception rooms, which the visitor enters ..."

2. The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo, Giovanni Battista Baldelli Boni, Hugh Murray, Société de géographie (France) (1852)
"... Tartary—Arrival at the imperial Court—reception —Audience of the Great Khan—Various Superstitions—City of Kara- korum—Religious Controversy—Dismissal of ..."

3. The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo, Hugh Murray (1845)
"... noy—Rash Conduct and rough reception—Final Dismissal —Changes in the Mongol Dynasty—Embassy to the French King—He sends a Mission under ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"Her reception of Alva was chilling. The audience, according to the custom of the Court, took place in the Duchess of Parma's bedchamber. ..."

5. The History of Rome by Wilhelm Ihne (1871)
"Alleged reception of the Roman ambassadors. Fictions in the narrative, and their origin. must have been very near doing so, as appears from the course of ..."

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