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noun reception pronunciation in American English /rɪˈsepʃən/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a formal party to welcome someone or to celebrate something

    There will be a reception for the new president.

    a wedding reception

  2. 2
    [singular] the way in which someone or something is received or welcomed
    a mixed/warm/cool etc. reception:

    Crawford’s performance met with a mixed reception from the critics.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the part of a large building such as a hotel or office where there is someone whose job is to welcome visitors, deal with questions, etc.

    Visitors must report to reception first.

    If you need anything, please ask at the reception desk.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the quality or strength of the picture or sound that you receive on a television, radio, or cellphone

    Cell phone users were complaining of poor reception.

  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] formal the process of receiving someone or something


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