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  1. The act of receiving; reception.

    "At the receipt of your letter." Shak.
  2. To give a receipt for] as, to receipt goods delivered by a sheriff.
  3. To give a receipt, as for money paid.
  4. Reception, as an act of hospitality.


    Thy kind receipt of me. Chapman.

  5. To put a receipt on, as by writing or stamping; as, to receipt a bill.
  6. Capability of receiving; capacity.


    It has become a place of great receipt. Evelyn.

  7. Place of receiving.


    He saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom. Matt. ix. 9.

  8. Hence, a recess; a retired place.

    [Obs.] "In a retired receipt together lay." Chapman.
  9. A formulary according to the directions of which things are to be taken or combined; a recipe; as, a receipt for making sponge cake.

    She had a receipt to make white hair black. Sir T. Browne.

  10. A writing acknowledging the taking or receiving of goods delivered; an acknowledgment of money paid.
  11. That which is received; that which comes in, in distinction from what is expended, paid out, sent away, and the like; -- usually in the plural; as, the receipts amounted to a thousand dollars.

    Gross receipts. See under Gross, a.

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RECE'IT, noun rece't. [Latin receptus. This word wought to follow the analogy of conceit, deceit, from Latin conceptus, deceptus, and be written without p, receit.]

1. The act of receiving; as the receit of a letter.

2. The place of receiving; as the receit of custom.

Matthew 9:9.

3. Reception; as the receit of blessings or mercies.

4. Reception; welcome; as the kind receit of a friend. obsolete

[In this sense, reception is now used.]

5. Recipe; prescription of ingredients for any composition, as of medicines, etc.

6. In commerce, a writing acknowledging the taking of money or goods. A receit of money may be in part or in full payment of a debt, and it operates as an acquittance or discharge of the debt either in part or in full. A receit of goods makes the receiver liable to account for the same, according to the nature of the transaction, or the tenor of the writing. It is customary for sheriffs to deliver goods taken in execution, to some person who gives his receit for them, with a promise to redeliver them to the sheriff at or before the time of sale.


RECEIT, verb transitive rece't. To give a receit for; as, to receit goods delivered by a sheriff.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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DA'TER, n. One that dates.

DA'TING, ppr. Expressing the time of writing or of executing a paper or instrument; noting the time of happening, or originating.

DA'TIVE, a. In grammar, the epithet of the case of nouns, which usually follows verbs that express giving, or some act directed to am object. Thus, datur tibi, it is given to you; missum est illi, it was sent to him; fecit mihi, he made or did to or for me; loquebatur illis, he spoke to them. It also follows other words expressing something to be given to a person or for his benefit; as, utilis vobis, useful to you. In English, this relation is expressed by to or for.

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