To hear or see (information, for example): receive bad news; received a good report of the group's activities. To take or acquire (something given, offered, or transmitted); get. To have (a title, for example) bestowed on oneself. To meet with; experience: receive sympathetic treatment. To have inflicted or imposed on oneself: receive a penalty. To bear the weight or force of; support: The beams receive the full weight of the walls and roof. To take or intercept the impact of (a blow, for example). To take in, hold, or contain: a tank that receives rainwater. To admit: receive new members. To greet or welcome: receive guests. To perceive or acquire mentally: receive a bad impression. To regard with approval or disapproval: essays that were received well. To listen to and acknowledge formally and authoritatively: The judge received their oath of allegiance. To acquire or get something; be a recipient. To admit or welcome guests or visitors: The couple are not receiving this winter. To partake of the Eucharist. Electronics To convert incoming electromagnetic waves into visible or audible signals. Football To catch or take possession of a kicked ball.