The act of receiving: We are in receipt of your letter. The fact of being or having been received: They denied receipt of the shipment. A quantity or amount received. Often used in the plural: cash receipts. A written acknowledgment that a specified article, sum of money, or shipment of merchandise has been received. A recipe. To mark (a bill) as having been paid. To give or write a receipt for (money paid or goods or services delivered). To give a receipt.