What Is The Past Tense Of Receive? Exercises Included

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Receive?

The past tense of receive is received. It is a regular verb, so we add the past tense morpheme -ed to the base form “receive” to form its past tense, like the past tense of squeeze

The past participle of it is also received. You can watch the table below for more verb conjugations of receive:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) receive
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form receives
Past Form (V2) received
Past Participle Form (V3) received
Present Participle/Gerund receiving

How To Pronounce “Receive” And “Received” Correctly?

The verb receive is pronounced as /rɪˈsiːv/, and received as /rɪˈsiːvd/ in both  American and British accents. You can take a look at this table for more details:

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
receive /rɪˈsiːv/ /rɪˈsiːv/
received (V2) /rɪˈsiːvd/ /rɪˈsiːvd/
received (V3)  /rɪˈsiːvd/ /rɪˈsiːvd/
receiving /rɪˈsiːvɪŋ/ /rɪˈsiːvɪŋ/

How to pronounce “receive” and “received” correctly?  You can watch the videos below:

How to say receive: 

How to say received:

What Are The Definitions Of Receive? How To Use Received?

Both “receive” and “received” have the same meanings. According to the verb morphology, we use “received” as the past tense of the verb “receive” when we want to describe an action that happened before. 

Receive is both a transitive and intransitive verb. Below is the definition of this common verb:

  • To take or accept something that has been given or sent to you

Example: Studies have shown that the language input a child received can have a huge impact on their language development.

  • To experience/ to be given something, especially an award, direct treatment or recognition.

Example: I received my investment statement and was pleased to see that my average gain was higher than expected.

  • To form an idea/ impression of someone/something after seeing or experiencing something

Example: I received my own plan after seeing that my gain for proportion exceeded my expectations.

  • To be injured in a particular way

Example: Many refugees received severe injuries after crossing the sea. 

  • To react to something/someone in a particular way that shows your feelings.

Example: The story was received excitedly by all my children.

  • To  welcome a visitor/guest in a formal way

Example: Sarah received as a guest at the work anniversary of the company because of her ongoing gains.

  • To admit or accept someone officially to be a member of a group/organization

Example: My uncle’s family was received into the house of Buddhists.

  • (of a radio or television) to change a signal into sounds and pictures

Example: The antenna on the roof of the house received signals from the television tower and changed them into pictures and sounds on the TV screen.

  • To hear one’s voice through a radio

Example: I received you loud and clear in that show.

Example: After many average probe gains, the police discovered that the antique shop owner had received stolen artifacts.


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Past Tense Of Receive

Fill in the blanks with the correct verb form of receive:

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Last Tuesday, the participants in the experimental group ____ a new treatment condition that was designed to reduce symptoms of anxiety.

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She _____ that bad news with a smile on her face and looked at the post time.

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The TV is ______ a weak signal and some bad random effects at the moment. It needs more morphological gains.

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He was officially _____ as a member of the implications for child language group and played a critical role in that group.

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The dignitaries ____ an invitation at the palace to discuss business with the Queen last week.

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They are currently _____ a medical complexity in treatment at the hospital. Luckily, they received a personalized care doctor's approach to treatment.

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We _____ several resumes that met our established criterion approach yesterday.

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What Are The Synonyms And Antonyms Of Receive?

Synonyms: enter, admit, take, welcome, confirm, entertain, ratify, get, obtain, acquire, secure, collect, earn, gain, gather, and accept.

Antonyms: refuse, reject, dismiss, ban, disallow, decline, disapprove, expel, throw out, exile, banish, oust, ostracize, deport, give, return, and release.

Is Received An Adjective? 

Yes, received is also an adjective. It means generally accepted or recognized as true or correct.

  • Example: In a consensus study, the received wisdom is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

In this sentence, “received” is an adjective modifying the noun “wisdom,” meaning that this belief is commonly accepted or believed by many people.

What Are Some Idioms And Phrasal Verbs Of Receive?


  • Be at/on the receiving end (of something): (a person or a group) to be directly affected by an action or situation, especially a negative one. 

Example: Many employees who were on the receiving end of lay-off are struggling to adapt to new production tasks.

  • It is better to give than to receive: it is more rewarding to give help, gifts, or support to others than to receive them.

Example: I always try to remember that it is better to give than to receive, so I spent my Saturday volunteering at the local food bank.

  • Receive (someone) into (something or some place): to officially welcome or admit someone into a particular group or organization/ to enter a specific place.

Example: After participating in the recasts in language intervention program, the children showed a gain over pretest scores and were received into the program.

  • Receive (someone or something) with open arms: to welcome or accept someone or something warmly and enthusiastically. 

Example: After completing the observational study, the research team received the new findings with open arms at the posttest time.

Phrasal Verbs:

  • Receive back: to get/obtain something

Example: I received my stolen bike back after the police found it.

  • Receive into: to allow someone to join a group or organization.

Example: She received him into the club after a successful interview.