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 bad 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.

Definitions of receive
  1. verb
    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
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    take in, take up
    get by trying hard
    receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
    deal stolen goods
    receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
    receive by genetic transmission
    take in fuel, as of a ship
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    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  2. verb
    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)
    experience or feel or submit to
    have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps
    break down, collapse
    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
    break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
    suffer a nervous breakdown
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    pass through
  3. verb
    receive as a retribution or punishment
    synonyms: get
    catch, get
    suffer from the receipt of
  4. verb
    experience as a reaction
    synonyms: encounter, meet
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    type of:
    experience, have
  5. verb
    partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament
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    type of:
    partake, touch
  6. verb
    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
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    ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  7. verb
    regard favorably or with disapproval
    “Her new collection of poems was not well received
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    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
  8. verb
    register (perceptual input)
    synonyms: pick up
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    receive a communication from someone
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    comprehend, perceive
    become aware of through the senses
  9. verb
    convert into sounds or pictures
    receive the incoming radio signals”
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    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
  10. verb
    accept as true or valid
    “He received Christ”
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    type of:
    consider or hold as true
  11. verb
    bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
    synonyms: welcome
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    say farewell
    say good-bye or bid farewell
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    greet, recognise, recognize
    express greetings upon meeting someone
  12. verb
    express willingness to have in one's home or environs
    “The community warmly received the refugees”
    synonyms: invite, take in
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    receive someone, as into one's house
    assimilate or take in
    receive as a specified guest
    take up someone's soul into heaven
    admit as a member
  13. verb
    have or give a reception
    “The lady is receiving Sunday morning”
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    celebrate, fete
    have a celebration
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