receive

Receive means to get or accept. On your birthday you might receive many presents. If you have a huge formal party that night, you'll stand in a "receiving line," where you'll greet or receive your guests.

Unless you're receiving good news or a stiff reprimand, receive can be pretty great. If one of your gifts is a trip to a spa, you might receive the news with pleasure, and then, when you go to the spa, receive several treatments. And remember, receive is one of those words that you have to say "I before E, except after C, or when sounding like "A" as in neighbor or weigh" before knowing how to spell it.

Primary Meanings of receive

1.
v
get something; come into possession of
2.
v
receive a specified treatment (abstract)
3.
v
register (perceptual input)
4.
v
accept as true or valid
Full Definitions of receive
1

v get something; come into possession of

receive payment”
receive a gift”
receive letters from the front”
Synonyms:
have
accept, have, take
receive willingly something given or offered
Types:
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take in, take up
accept
hustle
get by trying hard
accept
receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
fence
receive stolen goods
graduate
receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
inherit
receive by genetic transmission
fuel
take in fuel, as of a ship
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

receive injuries”
Synonyms:
experience, get, have
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get, have, suffer, sustain
undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
take
experience or feel or submit to
horripilate
have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps
break down, collapse
collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
cramp
suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
suffer a nervous breakdown
Type of:
undergo
pass through

v receive as a retribution or punishment

Synonyms:
get
catch, get
suffer from the receipt of

v experience as a reaction

Synonyms:
encounter, meet
Type of:
experience, have
undergo

v partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament

Type of:
partake, touch
consume
2

v receive a specified treatment (abstract)

“His movie received a good review”
Synonyms:
find, get, incur, obtain
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
Types:
take
ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v regard favorably or with disapproval

“Her new collection of poems was not well received
Type of:
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be
3

v register (perceptual input)

Synonyms:
pick up
Types:
hear
receive a communication from someone
Type of:
comprehend, perceive
to become aware of through the senses

v convert into sounds or pictures

receive the incoming radio signals”
Type of:
convert
change the nature, purpose, or function of something
4

v accept as true or valid

“He received Christ”
Type of:
accept
consider or hold as true

v bid welcome to; greet upon arrival

Synonyms:
welcome
Antonyms:
say farewell
say good-bye or bid farewell
Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone

v express willingness to have in one's home or environs

“The community warmly received the refugees”
Synonyms:
invite, take in
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welcome
receive someone, as into one's house
absorb
assimilate or take in
see
receive as a specified guest
assume
take up someone's soul into heaven
induct
admit as a member

v have or give a reception

“The lady is receiving Sunday morning”
Type of:
celebrate, fete
have a celebration