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Definition of Receive


  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.
  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.
  3. To allow, as a custom, tradition, or the like; to give credence or acceptance to.
  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.
  5. To admit; to take in; to hold; to contain; to have capacity for; to be able to take in.
  6. To be affected by something; to suffer; to be subjected to; as, to receive pleasure or pain; to receive a wound or a blow; to receive damage.
  7. To take from a thief, as goods known to be stolen.
  8. To bat back (the ball) when served.
  9. To receive visitors; to be at home to receive calls; as, she receives on Tuesdays.
  10. To return, or bat back, the ball when served; as, it is your turn to receive.

Receive Quotations

Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God's perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year.
Joel Osteen

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.
Pope Francis

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.
Henri Nouwen

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it. - Rabindranath Tagore
Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
Rabindranath Tagore

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.
Max de Pree
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Receive Translations

receive in Afrikaans is neem, ontvang, bekom, kry, aanneem, aanvaar
receive in Danish is modtage
receive in Dutch is aanvaarden, aannemen, accepteren
receive in Finnish is saada, ottaa vastaan
receive in French is phagocyter, admettre, receler, recelent, recevons
receive in German is retten, erhalten, erhalten
receive in Italian is fagocitare, accettare, ricevere, ottengo
receive in Latin is admitto, accipio, concipio, accipio, suscipio
receive in Norwegian is godta
receive in Portuguese is receba, receber, aceitar
receive in Spanish is recibir, acoger, conservar, tomar, obtener, asumir
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