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  1. re·cep·tion
    IPA[rəˈsepSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. the action or process of receiving something sent, given, or inflicted:

      the reception of impulses from other neurons the reception of the sacrament
      Synonym : receipt, receiving, getting, acceptance, recipience
    • 2. the way in which a person or group of people reacts to someone or something:

      the proposal continued to get a lukewarm reception on Wall Street
    • 3. the receiving of broadcast signals:

      a microchip that will allow parents to block reception of violent programs
    • 4. the quality of a broadcast signal:

      I had to put up with poor radio reception
    • 5. the action of admitting someone to a place, group, or institution or the process of being admitted:

      their reception into the Church
    • 6. the formal or ceremonious welcoming of a guest:

      his reception by the Prime Minister
    • 7. an act of catching the ball.

    • 8. a formal social occasion held to welcome someone or to celebrate a particular event:

      a wedding reception
      Synonym : (formal) party, function, social occasion, social event, entertainment, soirée, gathering, get-together, celebration, levee, do, bash, rave-up, thrash, knees-up, jolly, beanfeast, bunfight, beano
    • 9. the area in a hotel, office, or other establishment where guests and visitors are greeted and dealt with:

      the reception desk
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: reception, plural noun: receptions

    • noun

      the action or process of receiving something sent, given, or inflicted:

      the way in which a person or group of people reacts to someone or something:

    • noun

      a room in a hotel or other building used for functions such as parties and meetings.
    • noun

      a room in a hotel or other building used for functions such as parties and meetings.

      a room in a private house suitable for entertaining visitors:

    • noun

      an order authorizing the admission and detention of a patient in a psychiatric hospital.
    • noun

      a hostel providing temporary accommodation for distressed people such as refugees, the homeless, and those with psychiatric difficulties.
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