Meaning of “reception” in the English Dictionary

"reception" in British English

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receptionnoun

uk /rɪˈsep.ʃən/ us /rɪˈsep.ʃən/

reception noun (WELCOME)

B2 [ C ] a formal party at which important people are welcomed:

The president gave a reception for the visiting heads of state.

C1 [ S ] the way in which people react 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 of its first patients.
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  • I went to see the sales manager but got a rather chilly reception.
  • The president had a hostile reception in Ohio this morning.
  • She was buoyed (up) by the warm reception her audience gave her.
  • Which firm will be catering at the wedding reception?
  • Soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served during the reception and a cash bar will be available.

reception noun (WELCOME)

B1 [ U ] the place in a hotel or office building where people go when they first arrive:

Ask for me at reception.
I signed in at the reception desk.

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  • Please would you check in at the reception desk and sign your name in the book.
  • We would like to remind all our guests to leave their keys at reception before they depart.
  • New security measures require all visitors to sign in at reception and wear a visitor's badge.
  • Upon your arrival, please report to the reception desk.
  • New security measures require all visitors to sign in at reception and wear a visitor's badge.

reception noun (SIGNALS)

[ U ] the degree to which mobile phone, radio, or television signals 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 excellent radio reception.
A new digital antenna might improve your 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 people react to something or someone:

The proposed jail has received a cool/lukewarm reception from local residents.
American musicians found a warm reception in Europe in the 1960s.

[ C ] A reception is also a formal party:

a cocktail/wedding reception

reception noun (RADIO/TELEVISION)

[ U ] the degree to which radio or television sounds 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 /rɪˈsepʃən/ us

[ 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)