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1the part of a telephone apparatus contained in the earpiece, in which electrical signals are converted into sounds. a complete telephone handset:he picked up the receiver a piece of radio or television apparatus that detects broadcast signals and converts them into visible or audible form:a satellite receiver 2a person who gets or accepts something that has been sent or given to them:the receiver of a gift (in tennis and similar games) the player to whom the ball is served to begin play. Football a player who catches a pass or a kick. a person who buys or accepts stolen goods in the knowledge that they have been stolen. 3a person or company appointed by a court to manage the financial affairs of a business or person that has gone bankrupt:the company is in the hands of the receivers 4 Chemistry a container for collecting the products of distillation, chromatography, or other process. 5the part of a firearm that houses the action and to which the barrel and other parts are attached.