a. The act of receiving: We are in receipt of your letter.
b. The fact of being or having been received: They denied receipt of the shipment.
2. often receipts A quantity or amount received: cash receipts.
3. A written acknowledgment that a specified article, sum of money, or shipment of merchandise has been received.
4. A recipe.
v. re·ceipt·ed, re·ceipt·ing, re·ceipts
1. To mark (a bill) as having been paid.
2. To give or write a receipt for (money paid or goods or services delivered).
To give a receipt.
[Middle English receite, from Old North French, from Medieval Latin recepta, medical prescription, money received, from Latin, feminine past participle of recipere, to receive; see RECEIVE.]
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