From Middle English receipt, receyt, receite, recorded since c. 1386 as "statement of ingredients in a potion or medicine," from Anglo-Norman or Old Northern French receite (receipt, recipe) (1304), altered (by influence of receit (he receives), from Latin recipit) from Old French recete, from Latin receptus, perfect passive participle of recipiō, itself from re- (back) + capiō (I take). The unpronounced p was later inserted to make the word appear closer to its Latin root.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈsiːt/
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  • Rhymes: -iːt


receipt (countable and uncountable, plural receipts)

Slightly modified photo of a receipt (sense 4)
  1. The act of receiving, or the fact of having been received.
    A balance payable on receipt of the goods.
  2. (obsolete) The fact of having received a blow, injury etc.
  3. (in the plural) A quantity or amount received; takings.
    This weekend's receipts alone cover our costs to mount the production!
  4. A written acknowledgment that a specified article or sum of money has been received.
  5. (usually in the plural) (A piece of) evidence, documentation, etc. to prove one's past actions, accomplishments, etc.
    • 2020: Lindsey Wisniewski, "Darius Slay's Wikipedia page edited to claim DK Metcalf as his father", NBC Sports (December 1, 2020):
      "Oh yes, the Internet trolls went there, and we've got the receipts".
    • 2020, “Reunion Part 1”, in The Real Housewives of Atlanta[1], season 12, episode 24:
      So, Andy, if you ask me nicely, I might produce a receipt that is my marriage certificate.
  6. (Internet slang, usually in the plural, by extension) (A piece of) evidence (e.g. documentation or screen captures) of past wrongdoing, wrongthink or problematic behavior or statements.
  7. (archaic in New England and rural US since end of 20th century, elsewhere since middle of 20th century)[1][2] A recipe, instructions, prescription.
    • 1650, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica: [], 2nd edition, London: [] A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath[aniel] Ekins, [], OCLC 152706203:
      She had a receipt to make white hair black.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      Have you never eaten them, either preserved or candied [] if you will allow me, Sir, I shall be very happy to send the receipt to your housekeeper.
  8. (obsolete) A receptacle.
  9. (obsolete) A revenue office.
  10. (obsolete) Reception, as an act of hospitality.
  11. (obsolete) Capability of receiving; capacity.
    • 1644, John Evelyn, diary entry 21 October, 1644
      It has become a place of great receipt.
  12. (obsolete) A recess; a retired place.

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receipt (third-person singular simple present receipts, present participle receipting, simple past and past participle receipted)

  1. To give or write a receipt (for something).
    to receipt delivered goods
  2. To put a receipt on, as by writing or stamping; to mark a bill as having been paid.
    to receipt a bill


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