Meaning of RECEIVE in English

(~s, receiving, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


When you ~ something, you get it after someone gives it to you or sends it to you.

They will ~ their awards at a ceremony in Stockholm...

I ~d your letter of November 7.

= get

VERB: V n, V n


You can use ~ to say that certain kinds of thing happen to someone. For example if they are injured, you can say that they ~d an injury.

He ~d more of the blame than anyone when the plan failed to work...

She was suffering from whiplash injuries ~d in a car crash.

VERB: V n, V n


When you ~ a visitor or a guest, you greet them.

The following evening the duchess was again receiving guests...



If you say that something is ~d in a particular way, you mean that people react to it in that way.

The resolution had been ~d with great disappointment within the PLO...

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed prep/adv


When a radio or television ~s signals that are being transmitted, it picks them up and converts them into sound or pictures.

The reception was a little faint but clear enough for him to ~ the signal.

VERB: V n, also V


If you are on the receiving end or at the receiving end of something unpleasant, you are the person that it happens to.

You saw hate in their eyes and you were on the receiving end of that hate...


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