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verb receive pronunciation in British English /rɪˈsiːv/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyreceive
he/she/itreceives
present participlereceiving
past tensereceived
past participlereceived
  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.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to deliberately accept or buy stolen goods, usually in order to sell them
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    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you receive a ball in a game, someone sends it towards you
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  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.

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  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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