Dictionary: RE-CEIVE' – RE-CESS'

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RE-CEIVE', v.t. [Fr. recevoir; Arm. receff; recevi; It. ricevere; Sp. recibir; Port. receber; L. recipio; re and capio, to take.]

  1. To take, as a thing offered or sent; to accept. He had the offer of a donation, but he would not receive it.
  2. To take as due or as a reward. He received the money on the day it was payable. He received ample compensation.
  3. To take or obtain from another in any manner, and either good or evil. Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? – Job ii.
  4. To take, as a thing communicated; as, to receive a wound by a shot; to receive a disease by contagion. The idea of solidity, we receive by our touch. – Locke.
  5. To take or obtain intellectually; as, to receive an opinion or notion from others.
  6. To embrace. Receive with meekness the ingrafted word. – James i.
  7. To allow; to hold; to retain; as, a custom long received.
  8. To admit. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. – Ps. lxxiii.
  9. To welcome; to lodge and entertain; as a guest. They kindled a fire and received us every one, because of the present rain and because of the cold. – Acts xxviii.
  10. To admit into membership or fellowship. Him that is weak in the faith, receive ye. – Rom. xiv.
  11. To take in or on; to hold; to contain. The brazen altar was too little to receive the burnt-offering. – 1 Kings viii.
  12. To be endowed with. Ye shall receive power after that the holy Spirit has come upon you. – Acts i.
  13. To take into a place or state. After the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven. – Mark xvi.
  14. To take or have as something ascribed; as, to receive praise or blame. – Rev. iv, 5.
  15. To bear with or suffer. – 2 Cor. xi.
  16. To believe in. – John i.
  17. To accept or admit officially or in an official character. The minister was received by the emperor or court.
  18. To take stolen goods from a thief, knowing them to be stolen. – Blackstone.


Taken; accepted; admitted; embraced entertained; believed.


General allowance or belief; as, the receivedness of an opinion. – Boyle.


  1. One who takes or receives in any manner.
  2. An officer appointed to receive public money; a treasurer. – Bacon.
  3. One who takes stolen goods from a thief, knowing them to be stolen, and incurs the guilt of partaking in the crime. – Blackstone.
  4. A vessel for receiving and containing the product of distillation.
  5. The vessel of an air-pump, for containing the thing on which an experiment is to be made.
  6. One who partakes of the sacrament. – Taylor.


The act of receiving; that which is received.


Taking; accepting; admitting; embracing; believing; entertaining.

RE-CEL'E-BRATE, v.t. [re and celebrate.]

To celebrate again. – B. Jonson.


Celebrated anew.


Celebrating anew.


A renewed celebration.

RE'CEN-CY, n. [L. recens.]

  1. Newness; new state; late origin; as, the recency of wound or tumor.
  2. Lateness in time; freshness; as, the recency of a transaction.

RE-CENSE, v.t. [recens'; L. recenseo; re and censeo.]

To review; to revise. – Bentley.

RE-CEN'SION, n. [L. recensio.]

Review; examination; enumeration. – Evelyn.

RE'CENT, a. [L. recens.]

  1. New; being of late origin or existence. The ancients believed some parts of Egypt to be recent, and formed by the mud discharged into the sea by the Nile. – Woodward.
  2. Late; modern; as, great and worthy men ancient or recent. [Modern is now used.] – Bacon.
  3. Fresh; lately received; as, recent news or intelligence.
  4. Late: of late occurrence; as, a recent event or transaction.
  5. Fresh; not long dismissed, released or parted from; as Ulysses, recent from the storms. – Pope.

RE'CENT-LY, adv.

Newly; lately; freshly; not long since; as, advices recently received; a town recently built or repaired; an isle recently discovered.


Newness; freshness; lateness of origin or occurrence; as, the recentness of alluvial land; the recentness of news or of events.

RE-CEP'TA-CLE, n. [L. receptaculum, from receptus, recipio.]

  1. A place or vessel into which something is received or in which it is contained, as a vat, a tun, a hollow in the earth, &c. The grave is the common receptacle of the dead.
  2. In botany, one of the parts of fructification; the base on which the other parts of the fructification stand. A proper receptacle belongs only to one set of parts of fructification; a common receptacle bears several florets or distinct sets of parts of fructifications. The receptacle of the fructification is common both to the flower and the fruit. The receptacle of the flower, is the base to which the parts of the flower, exclusive of the germ, are fixed. The receptacle of the fruit, is the base of the fruit only. The receptacle of the seeds, is the base to which the seeds are fixed. – Martyn. The dilated apex of a pedicel, from which the floral envelops, stamens and pistils proceed. – Lindley.
  3. In anatomy, the receptacle of the chyle is situated on the left aide of the upper verteber of the loins, under the aorta and the vessels of the left kidney. – Encyc.


In botany, pertaining to the receptacle or growing on it, as the nectar.


Thing received. [Not in use.] – Brown.


The possibility of receiving. – Glanville. [Qu. The possibility of being received.]

RE-CEP'TION, n. [Fr.; L. receptio.]

  1. The act of receiving; in a general sense; as, the reception of food into the stomach, or of air into the lungs.
  2. The state of being received.
  3. Admission of any thing sent, or communicated; as, the reception of a letter; the reception of sensation or ideas.
  4. Readmission. All hope is lost / Of my reception unto grace. – Milton.
  5. Admission of entrance for holding or containing; as, a sheath fitted for the reception of a sword; a channel for the reception of water.
  6. A receiving or manner of receiving for entertainment; entertainment. The guests were well pleased with their reception. Nothing displeases more than a cold reception.
  7. A receiving officially; as, the reception of an envoy by a foreign court.
  8. Opinion generally admitted. Philosophers who have quitted the popular doctrines of their countries, have fallen into as extravagant opinions, as even common reception countenanced. [Not in use.] – Locke.
  9. Recovery. [Not in use.] – Bacon.


Having the quality of receiving or admitting what is communicated. Imaginary space is receptive of all bodies. – Glanville.


The state or quality of being receptive. – Fotherby.


Generally or popularly admitted or received. [Not in use.] – Brown.

RE-CESS', n. [L. recessus, from recedo. See Recede.]

  1. A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; as, the recess of the tides.
  2. A withdrawing from public business or notice; retreat; retirement. My recess hath given them confidence that I may be conquered. – K. Charles. And every neighboring grove / Sacred to soft recess and gentle love. – Prior.
  3. Departure. – Glanville.
  4. Place of retirement or secrecy; private abode. This happy place, our sweet / Recess. – Milton.
  5. State of retirement; as, lords in close recess. – Milton. In the recess of the jury, they are to consider their evidence. – Hale.
  6. Remission or suspension of business or procedure; as, the house of representatives had a recess of half an hour.
  7. Privacy; seclusion from the world or from company. Good verse recess and solitude require. – Dryden.
  8. Secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses of science.
  9. A withdrawing from any point; removal to a distance. – Brown.
  10. [Fr. recez.] An abstract or registry of the resolutions of the imperial diet. [Not in use.] – Ayliffe.
  11. The retiring of the shore of the sea or of a lake from the general line of the shore, forming a bay.