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

  • adj. Functioning as a receiver; receptive.
  • n. One that receives or is receptive.
  • n. One who receives blood, tissue, or an organ from a donor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who receives, such as one who receives money or goods.
  • n. An individual receiving donor organs or tissues.
  • n. The portion of an alembic or other still in which the distilled liquid is collected.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Receiving; receptive.
  • n. A receiver; the person or thing that receives; one to whom, or that to which, anything is given or communicated; specifically, the receiver of a still.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Receiving; receptive; acting or serving as a receiver; capable of receiving or taking in.
  • n. A receiver or taker; especially, one who receives or accepts something given or communicated; a taker of that which is offered or bestowed: as, recipients of charity or of public education; the recipients of the eucharist.
  • n. That which receives; formerly, the receiver in an apparatus or instrument.

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

  • n. a person who receives something
  • n. the semantic role of the animate entity that is passively involved in the happening denoted by the verb in the clause


Latin recipiēns, recipient-, present participle of recipere, to receive; see receive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stem of recipiens, present participle of recipere ("to receive") (Wiktionary)


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