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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.
  2. (obsolete) The fact of having received a blow, injury etc.
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London]: [] [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur [], London: Published by David Nutt, [], 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      , Bk.VI, Ch.xvi:
      And therewith Sir Launcelot gate all his armoure as well as he myght and put hit upon hym for drede of more resseite [].
  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. (Internet slang, usually in the plural) (A piece of) evidence (e.g. documentation or screen captures) of past wrongdoing or problematic behavior or statements.
  6. (archaic in New England and rural US since end of 20th century, elsewhere since middle of 20th century)[1][2] A recipe, instructions, prescription.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir Thomas Browne
      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.
  7. (obsolete) A receptacle.
  8. (obsolete) A revenue office.
  9. (obsolete) Reception, as an act of hospitality.
  10. (obsolete) Capability of receiving; capacity.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Evelyn
      It has become a place of great receipt.
  11. (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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