AskDefine | Define reception

Dictionary Definition



1 the manner in which something is greeted; "she did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors" [syn: response]
2 a formal party of people; as after a wedding
3 quality or fidelity of a received broadcast
4 the act of receiving [syn: receipt]
5 (American football) the act of catching a pass in football; "the tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of receiving.
  2. The act or ability to receive radio or similar signals.
    We have poor TV reception in the valley.
    The new system provides exceptional quality of the reception signal.
  3. A social engagement, usually to formally welcome someone.
    After the wedding we proceeded to the reception.
  4. A reaction.
    The ambassador's jokes met a cold reception.
  5. The front desk of a hotel or office where guests are received.


act of receiving
electronics: act or ability to receive signals
  • Chinese: 接收能力 (jiēshōu nénglì); 收訊, 收讯 (shōuxùn)
  • Dutch: ontvangst
  • Finnish: vastaanotto
  • Galician: cobertura
  • Italian: ricezione
  • Japanese: qualifier act 受信; qualifier ability 感度
  • Portuguese: recepção
  • Russian: приём
  • Serbian: prijem
  • Spanish: cobertura
social engagement
  • Chinese: 感受 (gǎnshòu); 反應, 反应 (fǎnyìng)
  • Czech: přijetí
  • Dutch: ontvangst
  • Finnish: vastaanotto
  • Italian: accoglienza
  • Japanese: 受け, 反応, 評判, 理解
  • Portuguese: recepção
  • Russian: приём
front desk

Extensive Definition

Reception is a noun form of receiving, or to receive something, such as information, art, experience, or people. It is often used in the following contexts:

See also

reception in German: Rezeption
reception in Hebrew: קליטה

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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