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English verb: receive

1. receive (possession) get something; come into possession of

SamplesReceive payment.
Receive a gift.
Receive letters from the front.

ExamplesThe banks receive the check, They receive more bread, They receive the money


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)accept, fence, graduate, hustle, inherit, take in, take up

Verb groupaccept, have, take

2. receive (change) receive a specified treatment (abstract)

SamplesThese aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation.
His movie received a good review.
I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions.

Synonymsfind, get, incur, obtain

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)take

Verb groupacquire, get

3. receive (perception) register (perceptual input)

SamplesPick up a signal.

ExamplesThey receive the information to them

Synonymspick up

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Narrower (hyponym)hear

4. receive (perception) go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

SamplesGet an idea.
Experience vertigo.
Get nauseous.
Receive injuries.
Have a feeling.

Synonymsexperience, get, have

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)undergo

Narrower (hyponym)get, have, horripilate, suffer, sustain, take

Entailcomprehend, perceive

5. receive (contact) express willingness to have in one's home or environs

SamplesThe community warmly received the refugees.

ExamplesSam cannot receive Sue

Synonymsinvite, take in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)absorb, assume, induct, see, welcome

6. receive (cognition) accept as true or valid

SamplesHe received Christ.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accept

7. receive (communication) bid welcome to; greet upon arrival


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)greet, recognise, recognize

Antonymssay farewell

8. receive (change) convert into sounds or pictures

SamplesReceive the incoming radio signals.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)convert

9. receive (stative) experience as a reaction

SamplesMy proposal met with much opposition.

Synonymsencounter, meet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)experience, have

10. receive (social) have or give a reception

SamplesThe lady is receiving Sunday morning.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)celebrate, fete

11. receive (perception) receive as a retribution or punishment

SamplesHe got 5 years in prison.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Verb groupcatch, get

12. receive (consumption) partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)partake, touch

Domain categoryChristian religion, Christianity

13. receive (cognition) regard favorably or with disapproval

SamplesHer new collection of poems was not well received.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)consider, reckon, regard, see, view

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