›[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 receptionThe 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]COMMUNICATIONSthe 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.