Definition of reception in English:


Syllabification: re·cep·tion
Pronunciation: /riˈsepSHən


  • 1The action or process of receiving something sent, given, or inflicted: the reception of impulses from other neurons the reception of the sacrament
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    • Seeing a painting is not a matter of passive reception but requires a synthetic act in which we unite and bring together many different aspects.
    • On the other hand, through acts of charity, prayer and reception of the sacraments we can increase our share of grace.
    • The Church continues to insist that explicit faith, reception of the sacraments, and obedience to the Church are the ordinary means to salvation.
    receipt, receiving, getting
  • 1.1The way in which a person or group of people reacts to someone or something: the proposal continued to get a lukewarm reception on Wall Street
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    • Motorists in York gave Government plans to introduce ‘pay as you drive’ charges a lukewarm reception.
    • Plans for the Commonhead flyover and Blunsdon bypass were given a lukewarm reception when they were unveiled yesterday.
    • But his comments were given a lukewarm reception by his fellow priests.
    response, reaction, treatment
  • 1.2The receiving of broadcast signals: a microchip that will allow parents to block reception of violent programs
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    • December 12, 2001 marks the centenary of the first broadcast and reception of a radio signal across a distance.
    • Several digital receivers capable of HD Radio reception are available to consumers.
    • They claimed aerials could interfere with TV and radio reception and ruin the appearance of the area.
  • 1.3The quality of this: I had to put up with poor radio reception
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    • However, digital radio technology is still rather hit and miss, and some small sets struggle to deliver decent sound quality because of poor reception, so try to listen before buying.
    • The other controls work well, though lovers of British premiership football will hate the poor reception on MW radio stations such as BBC Five Live.
    • Digital radio broadcasting offers the potential for vast improvements in signal quality and reception.
  • 1.4The action of admitting someone to a place, group, or institution or the process of being admitted: their reception into the Church
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    • For a long time he has been a regular worshipper at Mass with his family and in recent months he has been following a programme of formation to prepare for his reception into full communion.
    • On reception into prison, the man gave an address in Leicester, where he said he had been living with an unnamed friend.
    • The priest shall be known as a Postulant until his reception into the Fraternity.
  • 1.5The formal or ceremonious welcoming of a guest: his reception by the Prime Minister
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    • Nic, when that team goes in on Monday, is there going to be some sort of formal reception to meet them, or it is going to be an awkward moment?
    • Seldom have we seen a crowd as large at that which had gathered at Grattan Square, the focal point of the official reception and welcome.
    • A more formal arrival reception took place Friday morning at Rodney Bay Marina.
    greeting, welcoming, entertaining
  • 1.6 Football An act of catching the ball.
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    • His 96-yard touchdown reception against the Raiders in the 2000 playoffs is an NFL record.
    • Three plays later, Trent Green hit Eddie Kennison for a 15-yard touchdown reception.
    • During that six-year period, the five wide receivers who led the Cowboys in catching had 372 receptions for 5,576 yards and 22 touchdowns.
  • 2A formal social occasion held to welcome someone or to celebrate a particular event: a wedding reception
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    • It comes amid growing anger about the year-round use of fireworks which now light up the sky to mark the New Year, wedding receptions, birthday celebrations and during religious, sporting and other festivals.
    • It is available for hire for wedding receptions and other events.
    • They also make for an attractive setting for special events such as wedding receptions.
    (formal) party, function, social occasion, after-party, soirée, fête, levee
    informal do, bash
  • 3The area in a hotel, office, or other establishment where guests and visitors are greeted and dealt with: [as modifier]: the reception desk
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    • A large pink panther, a yellow and green felt parrot hanging from the ceiling and a blue-and-white teddy greet visitors at the reception desk.
    • Original art goes everywhere in the hotel, from the reception desk to the guest rooms.
    • It is a trauma hospital complete with the sights and sounds of a reception area dealing with all manner of emergencies.


late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin receptio(n-), from the verb recipere (see receive).

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