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

  • n. The act or process of receiving or of being received.
  • n. Football The act or an instance of catching a forward pass.
  • n. A welcome, greeting, or acceptance: a friendly reception.
  • n. A social function, especially one intended to provide a welcome or greeting: a wedding reception.
  • n. Mental approval or acceptance: the reception of a new theory.
  • n. Electronics Conversion of transmitted radio waves or electric signals into perceptible forms, such as sound or light, by means of antennas and electronic equipment.
  • n. Electronics The condition or quality of the waves or signals so received.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Admission into the mind; a taking into cognizance or consideration; a granting of credence; acceptance: as, the reception of a doctrine.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A retaking; recapture; recovery.
  • n. Power or capacity of receiving; receptivity; susceptivity.
  • n. In astrology, the interchange of the dignities of two planets, owing to each being in the other's house or exaltation.

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

  • n. (American football) the act of catching a pass in football
  • n. quality or fidelity of a received broadcast
  • n. a formal party of people; as after a wedding
  • n. the manner in which something is greeted
  • n. 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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  • JM attended a function at the local TV station – the reception was excellent.

    May 25, 2011