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receiver (n.)

mid-14c., receivour (mid-13c. as a surname, probably in the "government clerk" sense), "a recipient; a receiver (of stolen goods); person who knowingly harbors criminals," also "government official appointed to collect or receive money due," agent noun from receive, or from Old French recevere (Modern French receveur), agent noun from recievere.

From late 14c. as "receptacle, container." As a telephone apparatus, from 1877; in reference to a radio unit, from 1891; in U.S. football sense, from 1897. Middle English also has receitour in the sense "receiver of stolen goods" (late 14c.); also compare receptor.

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Definitions of receiver from WordNet

receiver (n.)
set that receives radio or tv signals;
Synonyms: receiving system
receiver (n.)
(law) a person (usually appointed by a court of law) who liquidates assets or preserves them for the benefit of affected parties;
Synonyms: liquidator
receiver (n.)
earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds;
Synonyms: telephone receiver
receiver (n.)
a person who receives something;
Synonyms: recipient
receiver (n.)
the tennis player who receives the serve;
receiver (n.)
a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass;
Synonyms: pass receiver / pass catcher
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