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verb receive pronunciation in British English /rɪˈsiːv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereceiving
past tensereceived
past participlereceived
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  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to get something that someone gives or sends to you
    Fewer people receive state benefits now.
    She received a camera as a twenty-fifth birthday present.
    We have not received your letter.
    receive something from someone: His views have received support from an unlikely source.
    The head has already received several calls from angry parents.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to have a particular type of treatment or experience
    Several of the victims are receiving hospital treatment for burns.
    He received a five-year prison sentence.
    We received a visit from the Inspector.
  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to react to something in a particular way
    Heather’s proposals were received without much enthusiasm.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to formally welcome a visitor
    Her Royal Highness was received by the Deputy Mayor.
    1. a.
      to officially accept someone into a group
      receive someone into something: Several opponents of women priests were received into the Catholic Church.
    2. b.
      formal to see visitors
      What time can patients receive visitors?
  5. 5
    [transitive] to get pictures or sound on a television, radio, or mobile phone
    With a satellite dish you can receive hundreds of channels.



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