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. [Obs.]
n 1: the manner in which something is greeted; "she did not
expect the cold reception she received from her
superiors" [syn: response]
2: a formal party of people; as after a wedding
3: quality or fidelity of a received broadcast
4: the act of receiving [syn: receipt]
5: (American football) the act of catching a pass in football;
"the tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"