1. One that receives something:a receiver of many compliments.
2. A device, such as a part of a radio, television set, or telephone, that converts incoming electromagnetic signals into sound, light, or electrical signals.
3. A person appointed by a court to receive and responsibly administer funds or property connected with ongoing litigation.
4. A person who knowingly buys or receives stolen goods.
5. A receptacle intended for a specific purpose.
a. Football A member of the offensive team eligible to catch a forward pass.
b. Sports A player who receives a pass.
c. Baseball The catcher.
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