receive /rɪˈsiːv/ verb
receives; received; receiving
receives; received; receiving
Learner's definition of RECEIVE
[+ object] : to get or be given (something)
[+ object] : to react to (something) in a specified way
often used as (be) received
[+ object] formal : to welcome (someone) in usually a formal way
[+ object] : to accept (someone) as a member of an organization, church, etc. + into
[+ object]
: to suffer (an injury)
: to be given (a punishment)
[+ object] : to experience or take (a medical treatment)
[+ object]
: to get (signals that are sent to a television, radio, etc.)
: to be able to hear (someone who is talking to you on a radio)
American football : to be the player or team to which the ball is kicked when play begins
[no object]
[+ object]
[+ object] law : to buy or take (goods that have been stolen) illegally

on/at the receiving end

◊ If you are on/at the receiving end of something bad or unpleasant, you are the person it is directed at.