General English


  • verb to get something which is given or delivered to you


Information & Library Science

  • verb to accept things that are sent or given to you

Media Studies

  • verb to pick up electronic signals and convert them into sound or pictures
  • verb in interpersonal communication, to pick up signals and interpret them so that the message is understood


  • verb to get something, especially a transplanted organ


  • verb to accept a report officially

Health Economics

  • Doctors' shorthand for prescription drug or recommended course of medical treatment.

Origin & History of “receive”

To receive something is etymologically to ‘take it back’. The word comes via Old French receivre from Latin recipere ‘regain’, a compound verb formed from the prefix re- ‘back, again’ and capere ‘take’ (source of English capture). other English descendants of recipere are receipt (14th c.) (which goes back to medieval Latin recepta, a noun use of the verb’s feminine past participle), receptacle (15th c.), reception (14th c.), recipe, and recipient (16th c.).