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Recorded since c.1386 as "statement of ingredients in a potion or medicine," from Anglo-Norman or Old Northern French receite(receipt, recipe) (1304), altered (by influence of receit "he receives," from Vulgar Latin *recipit) from Old French recete, from Latin receptus, perfect passive participle of recipiō, itself from re- 'back' + cipiō (an alteration of capiō(I take). The unpronounced p was later inserted to make the word appear closer to its Latin root.



receipt ‎(plural receipts)

  1. The act of receiving, or the fact of having been received.
  2. (obsolete) The fact of having received a blow, injury etc.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur, Bk.VI, Ch.xvi:
      And therewith Sir Launcelot gate all his armoure as well as he myght and put hit upon hym for drede of more resseite [].
  3. (in the plural) A quantity or amount received; takings.
    This weekend's receipts alone cover our costs to mount the production!
  4. A written acknowledgment that a specified article or sum of money has been received.
  5. (archaic in New England and rural US since end of 20th century, elsewhere since middle of 20th century)[1][2] A recipe, instructions, prescription.
    • Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)
      She had a receipt to make white hair black.
  6. (obsolete) A receptacle.
  7. (obsolete) A revenue office.
  8. (obsolete) Reception, as an act of hospitality.
  9. (obsolete) Capability of receiving; capacity.
    • John Evelyn (1620-1706)
      It has become a place of great receipt.
  10. (obsolete) A recess; a retired place.

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  1. ^ receipt versus recipe, World Wide Words
  2. ^ Grammarphobia



receipt ‎(third-person singular simple present receipts, present participle receipting, simple past and past participle receipted)

  1. To give or write a receipt (for something)
    to receipt delivered goods
  2. To put a receipt on, as by writing or stamping; to mark a bill as having been paid
    to receipt a bill


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