• To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, etc.; to accept; to be given something.
  • To take goods knowing them to be stolen.
  • To act as a host for guests; to give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's house, presence, company, etc.
  • To incur (an injury).
  • To allow (a custom, tradition, etc.); to give credence or acceptance to.
  • To detect a signal from a transmitter.
  • To be in a position to take possession, or hit back the ball.
  • To accept into the mind; to understand.



  • From Middle English receiven, from Old French receivre, from Latin recipiō, past participle receptus, from re- + capiō; see capacious. Compare conceive, deceive, perceive. Displaced native Middle English terms in fon/fangen (e.g. afon, anfon, afangen, underfangen, etc. "to receive" from Old English fon), native Middle English thiggen ("to receive") (from Old English þiċġan), and non-native Middle English aquilen, enquilen (from Old French aquillir, encueillir).

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