receiver

What do football, radio, and email have in common? They all involve a receiver! A receiver is a position in American football, a part of a radio that translates the signal, or the person who gets the email you sent.

If you collect or accept something, you're a receiver. When an object is a receiver, it's either the part of a telephone that you listen to or the component of a stereo system, radio, or television that receives audio or video signals. Another kind of receiver is the North American football player who takes a position toward the edge of the field and who specializes in passing and catching the ball.

Primary Meanings of receiver

1.
n
a person who receives something
2.
n
set that receives radio or tv signals
3.
n
(law) a person (usually appointed by a court of law) who liquidates assets or preserves them for the benefit of affected parties
Full Definitions of receiver
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n a person who receives something

Synonyms:
recipient
Types:
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addressee
one to whom something is addressed
alienee, grantee
someone to whom the title of property is transferred
annuitant
the recipient of an annuity
assignee
(law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred)
beneficiary, donee
the recipient of funds or other benefits
borrower
someone who receives something on the promise to return it or its equivalent
conferee
a person on whom something is bestowed
consignee
the person to whom merchandise is delivered over
dependant, dependent
a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
grantee
a recipient of a grant
heir, heritor, inheritor
a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
honoree
a recipient of honors in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments
host
(medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor
mandatary, mandatory
the recipient of a mandate
payee
a person to whom money is paid
protege
a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career
sendee
the intended recipient of a message
transferee
(law) someone to whom a title or property is conveyed
warrantee
a recipient of a warrant issued by a court in the United States
academician
someone elected to honorary membership in an academy
charge
a person committed to your care
co-beneficiary
one of two or more beneficiaries of the same benefit
devisee
someone to whom property (especially realty) is devised by will
freeloader
someone who takes advantage of the generosity of others
heir apparent
an heir whose right to an inheritance cannot be defeated if that person outlives the ancestor
heir-at-law
the person legally entitled to inherit the property of someone who dies intestate
heiress, inheritress, inheritrix
a female heir
heir presumptive
a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative
laureate
someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath
legatee
someone to whom a legacy is bequeathed
minion
a servile or fawning dependant
pensionary, pensioner
the beneficiary of a pension fund
protegee
a woman protege
Type of:
acquirer
a person who acquires something (usually permanently)

n the tennis player who receives the serve

Type of:
tennis player
an athlete who plays tennis

n a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass

Synonyms:
pass catcher, pass receiver
Type of:
football player, footballer
an athlete who plays American football
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n set that receives radio or tv signals

Synonyms:
receiving system
Types:
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direction finder
radio; determines the direction of incoming radio waves
radio, radio receiver, radio set, receiving set, tuner, wireless
an electronic receiver that detects and demodulates and amplifies transmitted signals
satellite receiver
a receiver on a communications satellite
boob tube, goggle box, idiot box, television, television receiver, television set, telly, tv, tv set
an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen
clock radio
a radio that includes a clock that can be set to turn it on automatically
crystal set
an early radio receiver using a crystal detector
goniometer
direction finder that determines the angular direction of incoming radio signals
heterodyne receiver, superhet, superheterodyne receiver
a radio receiver that combines a locally generated frequency with the carrier frequency to produce a supersonic signal that is demodulated and amplified
push-button radio
a radio receiver that can be tuned by pressing buttons
radio compass
a direction finder that gives a bearing by determining the direction of incoming radio signals
Type of:
set
any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals

n earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds

Synonyms:
telephone receiver
Types:
headset
receiver consisting of a pair of headphones
Type of:
earphone, earpiece, headphone, phone
electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
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n (law) a person (usually appointed by a court of law) who liquidates assets or preserves them for the benefit of affected parties

Synonyms:
liquidator
Type of:
fiduciary
a person who holds assets in trust for a beneficiary

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