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.

Definitions of receiver
  1. noun
    a person who receives something
    synonyms: recipient
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    one to whom something is addressed
    alienee, grantee
    someone to whom the title of property is transferred
    the recipient of an annuity
    (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
    someone who receives something on the promise to return it or its equivalent
    a person on whom something is bestowed
    the person to whom merchandise is delivered over
    dependant, dependent
    a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
    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
    a recipient of honors in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments
    (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor
    mandatary, mandatory
    the recipient of a mandate
    a person to whom money is paid
    a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career
    the intended recipient of a message
    (law) someone to whom a title or property is conveyed
    a recipient of a warrant issued by a court in the United States
    someone elected to honorary membership in an academy
    a person committed to your care
    one of two or more beneficiaries of the same benefit
    someone to whom property (especially realty) is devised by will
    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
    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
    someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath
    someone to whom a legacy is bequeathed
    a servile or fawning dependent
    pensionary, pensioner
    the beneficiary of a pension fund
    a woman protege
    type of:
    a person who acquires something (usually permanently)
  2. noun
    the tennis player who receives the serve
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    tennis player
    an athlete who plays tennis
  3. noun
    a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass
    synonyms: pass catcher, pass receiver
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    football player, footballer
    an athlete who plays American football
  4. noun
    set that receives radio or tv signals
    synonyms: receiving system
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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
    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
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    any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
  5. noun
    earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds
    synonyms: telephone receiver
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    receiver consisting of a pair of headphones
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    earphone, earpiece, headphone, phone
    electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
  6. noun
    (law) a person (usually appointed by a court of law) who liquidates assets or preserves them for the benefit of affected parties
    synonyms: liquidator
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    a person who holds assets in trust for a beneficiary
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