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"reception" in British English

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receptionnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈsep.ʃən/
  • reception noun (WELCOME)

B2 [C] a ​formalparty at which ​importantpeople are ​welcomed: The ​president gave a reception for the ​visitingheads of ​state.C1 [S] the way in which ​peoplereact to something or someone: Her first ​book got a ​wonderful/​warm/​frosty reception from the ​critics. [U] the ​act of ​welcoming someone or something: The new ​hospital was ​ready for the reception ofits first ​patients.
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  • reception noun (WELCOME)

B1 [U] the ​place in a ​hotel or ​officebuilding where ​people go when they first ​arrive: Ask for me at reception. I ​signed in at the reception desk.

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  • reception noun (SIGNALS)

[U] the ​degree to which ​mobilephone, ​radio, or ​televisionsignals are ​strong and ​clear: The ​phone reception is really ​bad out here in the ​woods. We ​live on ​top of a ​hill and so we get ​excellentradio reception. A new ​digitalantenna might ​improveyour reception.
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(Definition of reception from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reception" in American English

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receptionnoun

 us   /rɪˈsep·ʃən/
  • reception noun (WELCOME)

[C] the way in which ​peoplereact to something or someone: The ​proposedjail has ​received a ​cool/​lukewarm reception from ​localresidents. American ​musiciansfound a ​warm reception in Europe in the 1960s. [C] A reception is also a ​formalparty: a ​cocktail/​wedding reception
  • reception noun (RADIO/TELEVISION)

[U] the ​degree to which ​radio or ​televisionsounds and ​pictures are ​clear: We get ​poor reception around here.
(Definition of reception from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reception" in Business English

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receptionnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈsepʃən/
[U] WORKPLACE a ​place inside a ​hotel or ​officebuilding 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 ​staffworking on reception.
[C] a ​formalparty 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 ​peoplereact 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 ​marketingplan got a frosty reception from the Board.
[U] COMMUNICATIONS the ​quality of ​sound and pictures on a radio, ​television, ​mobilephone, etc. when it is used in a particular ​place: I won't be able to ​call you, as reception is really ​bad in ​ruralareas.
(Definition of reception from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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