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Meaning of RECEIVE

Pronunciation:  ri'seev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  convert into sounds or pictures, of incoming radio signals
  2. [v]  receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
  3. [v]  accept as true or valid; "He received Christ"
  4. [v]  bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
  5. [v]  partake of the Eucharist, in a Christian church
  6. [v]  express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees"
  7. [v]  of perceptual input: receive a signal, receive news, receive a verdict, etc.
  8. [v]  of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"
  9. [v]  receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in prison"
  10. [v]  get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front"
  11. [v]  have or give a reception; "The lady is receiving Sunday morning"
  12. [v]  experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition"

RECEIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: encounter, experience, find, get, get, have, have, incur, invite, meet, obtain, pick up, take in, undergo, welcome
 Antonyms: say farewell
 See Also: accept, accept, acquire, assume, celebrate, change, comprehend, convert, experience, fence, fete, get, graduate, greet, have, hear, horripilate, inherit, partake, perceive, recognise, recognize, respire, see, suffer, sustain, take, take, take in, take up, touch, welcome



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*ceive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Received}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Receiving}.] [OF. receiver, recevoir, F. recevoir,
    fr. L. recipere; pref. re- re- + capere to take, seize. See
    See {Capable}, {Heave}, and cf. {Receipt}, {Reception},
    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.
    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.
    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. (Lawn Tennis) 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.
    Syn: To accept; take; allow; hold; retain; admit.
    Usage: {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.
  2. \Re*ceive"\, v. i.
    1. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as,
       she receives on Tuesdays.
    2. (Lawn Tennis) To return, or bat back, the ball when
       served; as, it is your turn to receive.