Word of the Day: Reception

re-cep-tion / rəˈsepSH(ə)n




  1. the act of accepting something given or being greeted

There is something so amiable about the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

Jane Austen, 1775-1817


  1. a manner in which something is accepted or greeted

I believe if you write a great book, the chances are it’ll get a great reception.

Charlaine Harris, 1951-


  1. a function or occasion at which guests are formally greeted and accepted

To boost her energy, she’s been known to sit quietly with a cup of tea, adjourn a workshop we were both facilitating to take a five-minute breather, or slip out of her own wedding reception to be restored by a few minutes of solitude in the sun.

Sue Thoele, 1940-


  1. the fidelity or quality of a broadcast under specific circumstances

Reception depended mainly on distance, from broadcast towers, the terrain, and the surroundings (nearby houses, buildings, trees, and so on).

James J. Wilcox, ?-