from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of receiving or of being received.
  • noun Football The act or an instance of catching a forward pass.
  • noun A welcome, greeting, or acceptance.
  • noun A social function, especially one intended to provide a welcome or greeting.
  • noun Mental approval or acceptance.
  • noun Conversion of transmitted electromagnetic signals into perceptible forms, such as sound or light, by means of antennas and electronic equipment.
  • noun The condition or quality of the signals so received.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of receiving by transfer or delivery; a taking into custody or possession of something tendered or presented; an instance of receipt: as, the reception of an invitation; a taking into place, position, or association; admission to entrance or insertion; a taking or letting in: as, a groove or socket for the reception of a handle; the reception of food in the stomach; reception of a person into society.
  • noun Admission into the mind; a taking into cognizance or consideration; a granting of credence; acceptance: as, the reception of a doctrine.
  • noun A receiving into audience, intercourse, or entertainment; treatment of a person on approach or presentation; greeting or welcome, as of a visitor: as, a cordial reception.
  • noun An occasion of ceremonious or complimentary greeting; an assemblage of persons to be individually received or greeted by an entertainer or by a guest selected for special attention: as, to give weekly receptions.
  • noun A retaking; recapture; recovery.
  • noun Power or capacity of receiving; receptivity; susceptivity.
  • noun In astrology, the interchange of the dignities of two planets, owing to each being in the other's house or exaltation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of receiving; receipt; admission
  • noun The state of being received.
  • noun The act or manner of receiving, especially of receiving visitors; entertainment; hence, an occasion or ceremony of receiving guests
  • noun Acceptance, as of an opinion or doctrine.
  • noun obsolete A retaking; a recovery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of receiving.
  • noun uncountable (electronics) The act or ability to receive radio or similar signals.
  • noun A social engagement, usually to formally welcome someone.
  • noun A reaction.
  • noun The desk of a hotel or office where guests are received.
  • noun UK, education The school year, or part thereof, between preschool and Year 1, when children are introduced to formal education.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (American football) the act of catching a pass in football
  • noun quality or fidelity of a received broadcast
  • noun a formal party of people; as after a wedding
  • noun the manner in which something is greeted
  • noun the act of receiving


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English recepcion, from Old French reception, from Latin receptiō, receptiōn-, from receptus, past participle of recipere, to receive; see receive.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin receptiō ("the act of receiving; reception"), from recipiō ("receive"), from re- ("back") + capiō ("I hold").


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