Hypertext Webster Gateway: "receive"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Receive \Re*ceive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Received}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Receiving}.] [OF. receiver, recevoir, F. recevoir,
fr. L. recipere; pref. re- re- + capere to take, seize. See
See {Capable}, {Heave}, and cf. {Receipt}, {Reception},
1. 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 letter.

Receyven all in gree that God us sent. --Chaucer.

2. 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.

Our hearts receive your warnings. --Shak.

The idea of solidity we receives by our touch.

3. To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give
credence or acceptance to.

Many other things there be which they have received
to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots. --Mark
vii. 4.

4. 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.

They kindled a fire, and received us every one.
--Acts xxviii.

5. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have
capacity fro; to be able to take in.

The brazen altar that was before the Lord was too
little to receive the burnt offerings. --1 Kings
viii. 64.

6. 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 receive damage.

Against his will he can receive no harm. --Milton.

7. To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen.

8. (Lawn Tennis) To bat back (the ball) when served.

{Receiving ship}, one on board of which newly recruited
sailors are received, and kept till drafted for service.

Syn: To accept; take; allow; hold; retain; admit.

Usage: {Receive}, {Accept}. To receive describes simply the
act of taking. To accept denotes the taking with
approval, or for the purposes for which a thing is
offered. Thus, we receive a letter when it comes to
hand; we receive news when it reaches us; we accept a
present when it is offered; we accept an invitation to
dine with a friend.

Who, if we knew What we receive, would either
not accept Life offered, or soon beg to lay it
down. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Receive \Re*ceive"\, v. i.
1. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as,
she receives on Tuesdays.

2. (Lawn Tennis) To return, or bat back, the ball when
served; as, it is your turn to receive.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: get something; come into possession of; "receive payment";
"receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" [syn:
2: receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of
civilization do not find expression or receive an
interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I
got nothing but trouble for my good intentions" [syn: {get},
{find}, {obtain}, {incur}]
3: of perceptual input: receive a signal, receive news, receive
a verdict, etc. [syn: {pick up}]
4: of mental or physical states or experiences: "get an idea";
"experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange
sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The
fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a
feeling" [syn: {experience}, {have}, {get}, {undergo}]
5: express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The
community warmly received the refugees" [syn: {take in}, {invite}]
6: accept as true or valid; "He received Christ"
7: bid welcome to; greet upon arrival [syn: {welcome}] [ant: {say
8: convert into sounds or pictures, of incoming radio signals
9: experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much
opposition" [syn: {meet}, {encounter}]
10: have or give a reception; "The lady is receiving Sunday
11: receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in
prison" [syn: {get}]
12: partake of the Eucharist, in a Christian church

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