AskDefine | Define receive

Dictionary Definition



1 get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" [syn: have]
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 up]
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 farewell]
8 convert into sounds or pictures; "receive the incoming radio signals"
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 morning"
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"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪsiːv/
  • Rhymes: -iːv



  1. to get, to be given something while the other party is the active partner (opposite: to obtain)
  2. to take possession of


take possession of

Extensive Definition

Receiver may mean:
  • Metropolitan Police Receiver, formerly the chief financial officer of the London Metropolitan Police
  • Receiver of Wreck, an official of the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency, headquartered in Southampton, concerned with the management of wrecked ships

See also

receive in Danish: Modtager
receive in German: Empfänger
receive in Spanish: Receptor
receive in Galician: Receptor
receive in Dutch: Receiver
receive in Japanese: 受信機
receive in Polish: Odbiornik

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide by, accede, accept, accept for gospel, accept implicitly, acclaim, acknowledge receipt of, acquiesce, acquiesce in, acquire, admit, agree, agree to, agree with, applaud, ascertain, assent, assimilate, assume, be certain, be paid, be subjected to, be told, bear, believe, believe without reservation, buy, catch up, cheer, claim, clap hands on, clasp, claw, clear, clench, clinch, clutch, collect, come by, come in for, come into, complete, comply, comprehend, comprise, consent, contain, count in, cover, credit, derive, derive from, drag down, drain off, draw, draw from, draw off, earn, embody, embrace, encircle, enclose, encompass, endure, envisage, experience, fill, fill in, fill out, find out, gain, gather, get, get hold of, give an entree, give faith to, give the nod, glom on to, grab, grab hold of, grapple, grasp, greet, grip, gripe, gross, hail, have, have coming in, hear, hold, hold with, home on, hug, identify, immit, in toto, include, incorporate, inherit, intromit, lay hands on, lay hold of, learn, let in, loot, make, map, mark paid, meet, meet with, nail, net, nip, nip up, nod, nod assent, number among, obtain, occupy, palm, partake, pick up, pillage, pinpoint, pocket, possess, profit, pull down, put faith in, receipt, reckon among, reckon in, reckon with, scan, secure, seize, set store by, snap up, snatch, spot, steal, subscribe to, suffer, sustain, swallow, sweep, take, take by assault, take by storm, take for granted, take hold of, take in, take into account, take into consideration, take kindly to, take on, take on faith, take on trust, take over, take possession, take stock in, take up, throw open to, trigger, trust, tune in, undergo, vote for, welcome, whip up, yes, yield assent
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