Re·ceive v. t. [imp. & p. p. Received p. pr. & vb. n. Receiving.]
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 receive 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 for; 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.
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.
v 1: get something; come into possession of; "receive payment";
"receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" [syn:
2: 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" [syn: get,
find, obtain, incur]
3: recieve (perceptual input); "pick up a signal" [syn: pick
4: 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" [syn: experience, have, get, undergo]
5: express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The
community warmly received the refugees" [syn: take in, invite]
6: accept as true or valid; "He received Christ"
7: bid welcome to; greet upon arrival [syn: welcome] [ant: say
8: convert into sounds or pictures; "receive the incoming radio
9: experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much
opposition" [syn: meet, encounter]
10: have or give a reception; "The lady is receiving Sunday
11: receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in
prison" [syn: get]
12: partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament
13: regard favorably or with disapproval; "Her new collection of
poems was not well received"