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receiveverb [T]

us   /rɪˈsiv/
  • receive verb [T] (GET)

to get or be given something: She received a letter from her son. I’ll receive my bachelor’s degree in the spring.
When a radio or television receives signals, it changes them into sounds or pictures.
  • receive verb [T] (WELCOME)

fml to welcome someone or something: The president received Fulbright cordially.
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"receive" in British English

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receiveverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈsiːv/ us   /rɪˈsiːv/
  • receive verb [T] (GET)

A2 to get or be given something: Did you receive my letter? I received a phone call from your mother. They received a visit from the police. She died after receiving a blow to the head. Members of Parliament received a 4.2 percent pay increase this year.
(of a radio or television) to change a signal into sounds and pictures
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to be able to hear someone's voice when they are communicating with you by radio: I'm receiving you loud and clear.

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  • receive verb [T] (WELCOME)

to formally welcome a visitor or guest: She stood by the door to receive her guests as they arrived.
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Indian English to meet someone when they arrive somewhere: My friend offered to receive me at the railway station.
C1 to react to something or someone in a particular way that shows how you feel about it, him, or her: The speech was well/warmly/coldly, etc. received by the conference delegates.
be received into sth formal
to be made a member of an organization: He was received into the church.
(Definition of receive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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