February 09, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
reception /rɪˈsɛpʃən/ noun

plural receptions

Reception area in a medical office
Reception area in a medical office
Learner's definition of RECEPTION

1 [count] : the kind of welcome that someone or something is given — usually singular

  • The performers did not get the warm reception they had hoped for.

  • His suggestion was given a cool reception. [=people were not enthusiastic about his suggestion]

2 [count] : a social gathering to celebrate something or to welcome someone

  • The school held a reception for the new students and their families.

  • a wedding reception

3 [noncount] : the act or process of receiving, welcoming, or accepting something or someone

  • He decided to run for a seat on the school committee only a year after his reception into the community.

  • Her job is to deal with the reception of donations.

4 [noncount] — used to describe how well or badly a radio, television, etc., is able to receive signals

  • Our TV gets poor reception because of all the trees around the house.

  • My cell phone reception is terrible.

5 [noncount] : a desk or area in a hotel, office building, etc., where visitors first go after entering

  • Check in at reception when you arrive. = Check in at the reception desk when you arrive.

  • I waited in the reception area. [=lobby]

6 [count] American football : the act of catching a forward pass

  • He had three receptions [=he caught three passes] in today's game.

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