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English definition of “reception”


noun     /rɪˈsepʃən/
[U] WORKPLACE a place inside a hotel or office building where visitors go when they first arrive : Let's meet in reception. Posters will be on display in the reception area . Collect your welcome packs from the reception desk . We need more staff working on reception.
[C] a formal party to welcome someone or to celebrate something: The mayor offered to host a reception for the delegates . The product will be launched at a champagne reception.
[C] the way in which people react to a new idea , product , or person : a warm / cool reception The firm's expansion in Africa is expected to meet with a mixed reception. The latest marketing plan got a frosty reception from the Board .
[U] COMMUNICATIONS the quality of sound and pictures on a radio , television , mobile phone , etc. when it is used in a particular place : I won't be able to call you, as reception is really bad in rural areas .
(Definition of reception noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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