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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 Latin recipit) from Old French recete, from Latin receptus, perfect passive participle of recipiō, itself from re- (back) + 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.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
      Have you never eaten them, either preserved or candied [] if you will allow me, Sir, I shall be very happy to send the receipt to your housekeeper.
  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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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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