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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

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.
Martin Luther

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
Albert Einstein

Rabindranath Tagore Quote
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

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
Leo Buscaglia
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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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