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  1. re·ceive
    IPA[rəˈsēv]
  2. verb

    • 1. be given, presented with, or paid (something):

      she received her prize from the manager most businesses will receive a tax cut
      Synonym : be given, be presented with, be awarded, collect, accept, have conferred on one, get, obtain, gain, acquire, secure, come by, pick up, be provided with, take, derive, win, be paid, earn, gross, net, accrue, inherit, come into, cop
    • 2. take delivery of (something sent or communicated).

      Synonym : be sent, be in receipt of, accept delivery of, accept, take into one's possession, be told, be informed of, be notified of, be made aware of, hear, discover, find out (about), learn, gather, get wind of
    • 3. consent to formally hear (an oath or confession):

      he failed to find a magistrate to receive his oath
    • 4. buy or accept goods in the knowledge that they have been stolen:

      a man convicted of receiving stolen property
    • 5. suffer, experience, or be subject to (specified treatment):

      the event received wide press coverage she received only cuts and bruises he received an eight-year prison sentence
      Synonym : experience, sustain, undergo, meet with, encounter, go through, be subjected to, come in for, suffer, bear, endure
    • 6. respond to (something) in a specified way:

      her first poem was not well received
      Synonym : hear, listen to, respond to, react to, take, meet, greet
    • 7. meet and have to withstand:

      the landward slopes receive the full force of the wind
    • 8. meet with (a specified response or reaction):

      the rulings have received widespread acceptance
      Synonym : hear, listen to, respond to, react to, take, meet, greet
    • 9. greet or welcome (a visitor) formally:

      representatives of the club will be received by the Mayor
      Synonym : greet, welcome, say hello to, show in, usher in, admit, let in
    • 10. be visited by:

      she was not allowed to receive visitors
      Synonym : entertain, be at home to
    • 11. admit as a member:

      hundreds of converts were received into the Church
    • 12. form (an idea or impression) as a result of perception or experience:

      the impression she received was one of unhurried leisure
    • 13. detect or pick up (broadcast signals):

      Turkish television began to be received in Tashkent
    • 14. serve as a receptacle for:

      the basin that receives your blood
    • 15. provide space or accommodations for:

      three lines are reserved for special vehicles, and the remaining lines receive the general rolling stock
    • 16. (in tennis and similar games) be the player to whom the server serves (the ball).

    • 17. (in Christian services) eat or drink (the Eucharistic bread or wine):

      he received Communion and left
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: receive, 3rd person present: receives, gerund or present participle: receiving, past tense: received, past participle: received

    • verb

      be given, presented with, or paid (something):

      take delivery of (something sent or communicated):

    • adjective

      widely accepted as authoritative or true:
    • adjective

      widely accepted as authoritative or true:
    • receive the appropriate reward or (more usually) punishment for one's actions
    • receive what one deserves, especially appropriate punishment
    • noun

      the standard form of British English pronunciation, based on educated speech in southern England.
    • noun

      the standard form of British English pronunciation, based on educated speech in southern England, widely accepted as a standard elsewhere.
    • noun

      used on a bill of exchange to indicate that the bill is a means of paying for goods or services to the value of the bill.
    • be subjected to something
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