1. To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, or the like; to accept; as, to receive money offered in payment of a debt; to receive a gift, a message, or a letter. "Receyven all in gree that God us sent." (Chaucer)
2. Hence: To gain the knowledge of; to take into the mind by assent to; to give admission to; to accept, as an opinion, notion, etc.; to embrace. "Our hearts receive your warnings." (Shak) "The idea of solidity we receives by our touch." (Locke)
4. To give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's house, presence, company, and the like; as, to receive a lodger, visitor, ambassador, messenger, etc. "They kindled a fire, and received us every one." (Acts xxviii. 2)
5. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have capacity fro; to be able to take in. "The brazen altar that was before the Lord was too little to receive the burnt offerings." (1 Kings viii. 64)
Receive, Accept. To receive describes simply the act of taking. To accept denotes the taking with approval, or for the purposes for which a thing is offered. Thus, we receive a letter when it comes to hand; we receive news when it reaches us; we accept a present when it is offered; we accept an invitation to dine with a friend. "Who, if we knew What we receive, would either not accept Life offered, or soon beg to lay it down." (Milton)
Origin: OF. Receiver, recevoir, F. Recevoir, fr. L. Recipere; pref. Re- re- + capere to take, seize. See See Capable, Heave, and cf. Receipt, Reception, Recipe.
(01 Mar 1998)
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