- receave (obsolete)
From Middle English receiven, from Old French receivre, from Latin recipiō, past participle receptus (“to take back, get back, regain, recover, take to oneself, admit, accept, receive, take in, assume, allow, etc.”), from re- (“back”) + capio (“to take”); 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 -fōn), native Middle English thiggen (“to receive”) (from Old English þicgan), and non-native Middle English aquilen, enquilen (“to receive”) (from Old French aquillir, encueillir).
- To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, etc.; to accept; to be given something.
She received many presents for her birthday.
- William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
- Our hearts receive your warnings.
- John Locke (1632-1705)
- The idea of solidity we receive by our touch.
- Bible, 1 Kings viii.64:
- The brazen altar that was before the Lord was too little to receive the burnt offerings.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
- In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.
- To take possession of.
- To act as a host for guests; to give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's house, presence, company, etc.
to receive a lodger, visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc.
- Bible, Acts xxviii.2:
- They kindled a fire, and received us every one.
- 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapter III:
- In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. […] Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
- To incur (an injury).
I received a bloody nose from the collision.
- 1804, Robert Wissett, On the Cultivation and Preparation of Hemp
- But because this is oftentimes dangerous, and much hurt hath been received thereby through casualty of fire, I advise the sticking four stakes into the earth, at least five feet above the ground […]
- To allow (a custom, tradition, etc.); to give credence or acceptance to.
- (telecommunications) To detect a signal from a transmitter.
- (sports) To be in a position to take possession, or hit back the ball.
- (transitive, intransitive) To accept into the mind; to understand.
- I cannot receive [transl. recevoir] that manner, whereby we establish the continuance of our life.
- RX (abbreviation)
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receive (plural receives)
- receive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- receive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911