- To take, as something that is offered, given,
committed, sent, paid, or the like; to accept; as, to receive money
offered in payment of a debt; to receive a gift, a message, or a
- Hence: To gain the knowledge of; to take into the mind
by assent to; to give admission to; to accept, as an opinion, notion,
etc.; to embrace.
- To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give
credence or acceptance to.
- To give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into
one's house, presence, company, and the like; as, to receive a lodger,
visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc.
- To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have
capacity for; to be able to take in.
- To be affected by something; to suffer; to be subjected
to; as, to receive pleasure or pain; to receive a wound or a blow; to
- To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen.
- To bat back (the ball) when served.
- To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls;
as, she receives on Tuesdays.
- To return, or bat back, the ball when served; as, it is
your turn to receive.