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reception (n.)

late 14c., recepcion, in astrology, "the effect of two planets on each other;" late 15c. in the general sense of "the act or fact of getting or receiving; the receiving of something in the manner of a receptacle;" from Old French reception and directly from Latin receptionem (nominative receptio) "a receiving," noun of action from past-participle stem of recipere  "to hold, contain" (see receive).

The sense of "action of receiving (persons) or of being received in a formal or ceremonial manner" is from 1660s; earlier it meant act or fact of being received into a company, class, etc., or in a certain manner (1640s). The meaning "ceremonial gathering of persons to be received or greeted" is by 1865, from a sense in French. Radio (later television) sense of "the receiving of broadcast signals" is by 1907. Reception room, set aside for the reception of visitors, is by 1829.

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Definitions of reception from WordNet

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