SECOND EDITION 1989

receipt, n.

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( r{shti}{sm}si{lm}t Forms: {alpha}. 4-6 receyt, (5-6 -e, 6 receeyte), 4-7 receite, 5-8 receit, (8 reciet); 4-5 resceyte, 5 (7) resceyt, 5, 7 (8) resceit, (5-6 -e); 4 resseit, 4-5 reseit, (6 -e), 5 resseyt(e, -ayt, 5-6 resayte, -eyt, 6 -ayt, 6 (7 Sc.) ressait, (6 reseight); 5 recyt(e; 6 receate, 7 -eat. {beta}. 4-7 receipte, 5 resceipte, 5-6 receypte, 6- receipt [ME. receite, receit, a. AF. (ONF.) receite, receyte (1304-5) = OF. reçoite, var. of recete = Sp. receta, Pg. receita, It. ricetta:{em}L. recepta, fem. pa. pple. of recip{ebreve}re to RECEIVE .
  The vowel of OF. receite, reçoite is app. due to the influence of such verbal forms as receit, reçoit. The normal OF. form is recete, the more usual recepte (whence mod.F. recette) being a learned reversion to the Latin form (cf. RECEPT n.1). In Eng., the spelling receipt (with p from Latin, as in OF. reçoipte) has prevailed in this word, in contrast to the related CONCEIT and DECEIT .

     I. 1.      a. A formula or prescription, a statement of the ingredients (and mode of procedure) necessary for the making of some preparation, esp. in Med. (now rare) and Cookery; a RECIPE .

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   c1386 CHAUCER Can. Yeom. Prol. & T. 800 What schal this receyt coste? telleth now. c1400 tr. Secreta Secret., Gov. Lordsh. 84 Off {th}e Receytes off Medicynes. 1530 PALSGR. 261/1 Receyte of dyvers thynges in a medycine, drogges, recepte. 1595 Widowes Treasure Bivb, A notable receite to make Ipocras. 1632 J. HAYWARD tr. Biondi's Eromena IV. 125 The severall antidotes by mee taken, whereof I shewed them the receipts. 1703 J. TIPPER in Lett. Lit. Men (Camden) 307 Medecinal and Cookery receipts collected from the best authors. 1791 HAMILTON Berthollet's Dyeing I. Pref. 5 A few books of receipts [for dyeing] taken from Hellot. 1828 SCOTT F.M. Perth vi, The thin soft cakes, made of flour and honey according to the family receipt. 1859 W. COLLINS Q. of Hearts (1875) 24 She spent hours in the kitchen, learning to make puddings and pies, and trying all sorts of receipts.
 

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  fig. 1647 COWLEY Mistr. Wks. 1710 I. 113 I'll teach him a Receipt to make Words that weep, and Tears that speak. 1709 POPE Ess. Crit. 115 Some..Write dull receipts how poems may be made. 1742 YOUNG Nt. Th. v. 94 Till the destin'd youth Stept in, with his receipt for making smiles.
 

    b. The formula or description of a remedy for a disease, etc.; also absol., a remedy, means of cure.

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   1586 T. B. La Primaud. Fr. Acad. (1589) 143 As surgeons do to cut off and to burne..when there is no way to finde or use any other receit. 1612 BACON Ess., Studies (Arb.) 13 Euery defect of the mind may haue a speciall receit. a1656 BP. HALL Soliloquies 29 Dark rooms, and cords, and hellebore are meet receipts for these mental distempers. 1693 DRYDEN Juvenal Ded. (1697) 75 The Patients, who have open before them a Book of admirable Receipts for their Diseases. 1711 STEELE Spect. No. 52 {page}3 The most approved Receipt now extant for the Fever of the Spirits. 1809 MALKIN Gil Blas XII. iv. {page}5 There is not a receipt in the whole extent of chemistry which I have not tried.
 

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  fig. 1628 tr. Mathieu's Powerfull Favorite 108 Death is the onely receit for her euils, and they keepe her by force from it. 1646 GATAKER Mistake Removed 39 [They have] made up all their receipts for distempered souls of so much Law and so much Gospel.
 

    c. The formula of a preparation, or an account of the means, by which some effect may be produced; hence, the means to be adopted for attaining some end.

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   1621 T. WILLIAMSON tr. Goulart's Wise Vieillard 22 That hee had a receipt would preserue a man from growing old. 1646 SIR T. BROWNE Pseud. Ep. I. vi. 23 From the knowledge of simples shee had a receipt to make white haire black. 1707 Curios. in Husb. & Gard. 276 These Receipts for the Vegetation of Plants. 1827 POLLOK Course T. VII, [He] sought Receipts for health from all he met.
 

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  fig. 1691 HARTCLIFFE Virtues 166 The best Receipt, both for the amending our Manners, and the managing our Business, is the Admonition of a Friend. 1777 SHERIDAN Sch. Scand. IV. iii, Well certainly this is..the newest receipt for avoiding calumny. a1868 BROUGHAM (Ogilvie), A more certain receipt for producing misgovernment of every kind..it would be difficult to devise.
 

    {dag}2.    a. A drug or other mixture compounded in accordance with a receipt. Obs.

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   1398 TREVISA Barth. De P.R. XVII. viii. (Bodl. MS.), In alle good receites and medicynes Amomum is ofte ido. c1430 LYDG. Min. Poems (Percy Soc.) 69 This ressayt is bought of no poticarye,..To al indifferent, richest diatorye. c1500 Sloane MS. 2491 lf. 73 A Booke..teachinge the waye of making diuerse good and excellent Receiptez. 1560 WHITEHORNE Ord. Souldiours (1588) 40b, Fill the bottels halfe full of this foresaide receipt. 1605 BACON Adv. Learn. II. viii. §3 It can be done with the vse of a fewe drops or scruples of a liquor or receite. a1631 R. BOLTON Comf. Affl. Consc. 64 He throwes the glasse against the Wall, spills that precious Receipt, and drives the Physition out of doores. 1773 GOLDSM. Stoops to Conq. II. i, Did not I prescribe for you ever day, and weep while the receipt was operating?
 

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  transf. and fig. c1430 LYDG. Min. Poems (Percy Soc.) 50 My lord may al my sorowe recure, With a receyte of plate and of coyngnage. 1576 FLEMING Panopl. Epist. 27 Their noblenesse..quite quenched their calamitie, with preseruatiue receiptes of comforte.
 

    {dag}b. pl. Ingredients of a mixture. Obs.

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   1669 STURMY Mariner's Mag. V. xii. 65 Gun-powder of a..Russet colour is very good, and it may be judged to have all its Receipts well wrought.
 

    II. 3. That which is received; the amount, sum, or quantity received.    a. of money.

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   a1400 Minor Poems fr. Vernon MS. 225/145 {Th}enk also..{Th}at longe hast lyued and muche reseiued,..hou {th}ou hast spendet {th}at reseit. c1483 CAXTON Dialogues 3/9 Your recyte and your gyuing oute Brynge it all in somme. 1570 Act 13 Eliz. c. 4 §8 Any Treasorer..whose whole Receipt from the begyning of his Charge, is not..above the Summe of Three Hundred Poundes. 1648 BP. HALL Breathings of Devout Soul §38 None of the approved servants..brought in an increase of less value than the receit. 1800 Asiat. Ann. Reg., Proc. Parl. 16/2 The Tanjore subsidy is stated at something more than the receipt last year. Ibid. , The deficient receipt in 1797-8. 1849 MACAULAY Hist. Eng. vi. II. 102 The Commissioners of the Customs reported to the King that..the receipt in the port of the Thames had fallen off by some thousands of pounds.
 

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  pl. 1422 tr. Secreta Secret., Priv. Priv. 134 Whan the Myses & the exspensis..ouer-Passyth..the receitis, than moste the kynge of his Peple har goodis take. 1535 Act 27 Hen. VIII , c. 27 The said chauncellour shall..take reconisances of euery particular receiuour..for the sure paiement of his receites. 1589 WARNER Alb. Eng. VI. xxxi. (1612) 153, I spake of great accompts, Receites [etc.]. 1691 HARTCLIFFE Virtues 87 Liberality..is designed to be a Virtue moderating our Receipts, as well as our Gifts. 1805 W. COOKE Mem. Foote I. 96 His own pieces, and Macklin's Love-a-la-Mode, brought great receipts to Crow-street theatre. 1863 Sat. Rev. 6 June 714 That a possible margin should be left for an excess of actual revenue over estimated receipts.
 

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  transf. and fig. 1612 T. TAYLOR Comm. Titus ii. 12 The end of all thy receits is Gods glory in the seruice of the Church. 1692 RAY Disc. II. ii. (1732) 78 In the Mediterranean the Receipts from the rivers fall short of the expence in Vapour.
 

    {dag}b. of other things. Obs. rare.

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   1593 SHAKES. Lucr. 704 Drunken Desire must vomite his receipt, Ere he can see his owne abhomination. 1607 {emem} Cor. I. i. 116 The belly..taintingly replyed To th' discontented Members,..That enuied his receite. 1623 LISLE Test. Antiq. Anc. Faith Ch. Eng. 13 He which will receive that housell, shall..take with chastitie that holy receit.
 

    III. 4.    a. The act of receiving something given or handed to one; the fact of being received.

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   1399 LANGL. Rich. Redeles II. 98 Whedir the grounde of {ygh}ifte were good other ille,..reson hath rehersid the resceyte of all. 1439 Rolls of Parlt. V. 16/2 After the date and receit of the saide Writte. 1442 Ibid. 57/1 To see the bookes of receyte. 1494 FABYAN Chron. IV. lxix. 47 After the receyte of thyse letters, he wrote answer to his moder. 1588 J. MELLIS Briefe Instr. Fvijb, Whan you pay money to another, cause the day of receite to be written in your booke of recorde. a1617 BAYNE On Eph. (1658) 20 The receit of benefits, is the foundation of thankfulness. 1661 MARVELL Corr. Wks. 1872-5 II. 61 We thought it would be a good answer to giue you account of the receit of your letter. 1774 JEFFERSON Autobiog. Wks. 1859 I. 133 On receipt of such a sum as the Governor shall think it reasonable for them to spend. 1831 T. HOPE Ess. Origin Man III. 341 The receipt of the radiance that..proceeds to us as its common centre and focus. 1848 MILL Pol. Econ. I. vii. §5 (1876) 69 Fit to be entrusted with the receipt and expenditure of large sums of money.
 

    {dag}b. bill or ticket of receipt = next. Obs.

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  1509-10 Act 1 Hen. VIII, c. 3 §1 All Acquittaunces and Billes of Receyte heretofore made by the seid John Heyron. 1551 Reg. Privy Council Scot. I. 114 Conforme to the tekat of ressait maid betuix the saidis parteis thairupoun.
 

    c. A written acknowledgement of money or goods received into possession or custody.

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   1602 in Maitl. Cl. Misc. (1840) I. 23 Certane buikis..gevin to Mr. Adam Newtoun for the Prince his use, as the said Mr. Adamis ressait thairof producit testifeis. 1651 J. MARIUS Bills of Exchange 13 Make a receit for the same on the backside of the said Bill. 1721-41 CHAMBERS Cycl. s.v., Where the receipt is on the back of a bill, &c., it is usually called an indorsement. 1838 Murray's Hand-Bk. N. Germ. 190 The fare must be paid beforehand, and a receipt is always given for it.
 

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  fig. 1781 COWPER Conv. 202 Then each might..carry in contusions of his skull A satisfactory receipt in full.
 

    5. The act or practice of receiving (stolen goods); reset. ? Obs.

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   1413 Pilgr. Sowle (Caxton 1483) III. v. 54 Had not be youre redy receyt, they had not be at al tymes so redy to stele. 1596 SPENSER State Irel. Wks. (Globe) 620/1 The stollen goodes are convayed to some husbandman or gentellman, which..liveth most by the receit of such goodes stoln.
 

    6. a. The act of receiving or taking in; admittance (of things) to a place or receptacle. ?Obs.

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   c1400 tr. Secreta Secret., Gov. Lordsh. 96 {Th}e wirkynge of {th}is last..ys yn {th}e receyte of {th}e seed in {th}e mariz. Ibid. 101 As {th}e see waxis by {th}e receyt of fflodes and waters. 1561 T. NORTON Calvin's Inst. I. 53 Fiue senses..whereby al objectes are poured into common sense, as into a place of receite. a1600 in Hakluyt Voy. (1810-12) III. 141 Shipping used among us either for warre or receit. 1615 G. SANDYS Trav. 22 Ample cisternes for the receit of raine. 1651 Raleigh's Ghost 200 It [the ark] was sufficient for the receite..of all living Creatures.
 

    {dag}b. The act of taking in (food, medicine, etc.) by the mouth or otherwise. Obs.

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   c1400 tr. Secreta Secret., Gov. Lordsh. 82 Drynkes of swete wyn, and ressayt of hony moyst. 1522 MORE De Quat. Noviss. Wks. 74/2 The pleasure that men may finde by the receeyte of this medicine. 1567 J. MAPLET Gr. Forest 26b, [Plants] by their more hid receit of necessaries..have given great causes of doubting. 1599 B. JONSON Every Man out of Hum. III. i. (Rtldg.) 49/1 He shall receive the first, second, and third whiffe [of tobacco-smoke].., and, upon the receipt [etc.].
 

    {dag}c. An act of taking; a definite amount taken.

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   1390 GOWER Conf. III. 11 If I myhte..Of such a drinke..have o receite. 1601 HOLLAND Pliny II. 36 A greater receit than one Obulus, killeth him or her that taketh it.
 

    {dag}d. The act of receiving the sacrament. Obs.

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   1500-20 DUNBAR Poems ix. 92 Of ressait sinffull of The my Saluiour,..I cry The mercy. 1552 R. HUTCHINSON 3rd Serm. (1560) Gvi. A manifest deniall of the transubstantiation, and of all corporall, reall, and naturall receit.
 

    {dag}7.    a. The act of receiving or admitting (a person) to a place, shelter, accommodation, assistance, etc.; the fact of being so received; reception. Obs. (Common c 1600-50.)

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   1557 Order of Hospitalls Fviijb, Against Easter yow shall prepare a Booke for the receipt home of the children. a1586 SIDNEY Arcadia III. (1598) 338 Come, death, and lend Receipt to me, within thy bosome darke. 1615 G. SANDYS Trav. 10 When all the earth at the intreatie of Juno, had abjured the receipt of Latona. a1641 BP. R. MONTAGU Acts & Mon. (1642) 539 Speciall lodgings for receit of women dedicated to God. 1676 HALE Contempl. I. 528, I have A little room,..not that I think it fit For thy Receit or Majesty, but yet It is the best I have.
 

    {dag}b. The ordinary or habitual reception of strangers or travellers; esp. in place of receipt. Obs.

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   1608 HEYWOOD Lucrece Wks. 1874 V. 183 There is no newes there but at the Ale-house, ther's the most receit. 1634 SIR T. HERBERT Trav. 154 Noble places of Receipt or Carrauans-rawes for Trauellors to rest in. 1642 ROGERS Naaman 846 Inne-Keepers who stand at their doors or gates of receit..to welcome and lodge travellers. 1650 FULLER Pisgah II. ix. §25 The greatest place of receipt in Samaria.
 

    {dag}c. Receptiveness, welcome. Also with a: A (good or bad) reception. Obs. rare.

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   1596 in Nichols Progr. Q. Eliz. (1823) III. 384 This Master Dorstetell came and made his speach in Latin, full of receit, love and curtesie. 1664 PEPYS Diary 26 Feb., I had a kind receipt from both Lord and Lady as I could wish.
 

    {dag}d. Law. The admission of a third person to plead in a case between two others in which he is interested. Also, admittance of a plea in a court of justice. Obs.

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   1607 COWELL Interpr. s.v. Resceyt. 1628 COKE On Litt. II. iii. §96 As there may be a demurrer upon counts and pleas, so there may be of Aide prior, Voucher, Receite, waging of Law, and the like. 1658 in PHILLIPS .
 

    {dag}8. Acceptance of a person or thing. Obs. rare.

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   c1460 G. ASHBY Dicta Philos. 852 For kynge they wolde haue hym in Receite, Howe be it that they haue hym not in love. 1607 COWELL Interpr. , Resceyt of homage, is a relatiue to doing homage, for as the Tenent, who oweth homage, doth it at his admission to the land: so the Lord receiueth it. 1621 BP. R. MONTAGU Diatribĉ 569 Not so generall, euery where in vse, and receit, because not so obuious euery where vnto the vnderstanding.
 

    9. The fact of receiving (a blow, wound). ?Obs.

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   a1533 LD. BERNERS Huon lv. 186 They had neuer sene before so grete a stroke nor a goodlyer reseyt therof without fallynge to the erthe. 1615 G. SANDYS Trav. 28 Hearing his brother cry out at the receipt of a blow. 1651 Life Father Sarpi (1676) 62 The day after the receipt of his wounds [etc.]. a1676 WISEMAN Chirurg. Treat. (J.).
 

    {dag}10. to stand at receipt: to stand ready to receive. Obs.
  Perh. originally a hunting term; cf. sense 14.

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   1546 HEYWOOD Prov. II. v. (1867) 59 If ye can hunt, and stand at receite. a1569 A. KINGSMILL Man's Est. x. (1580) 62 Happie it was that there stoode some at receipte to receive the precious seede sowen by our Saviour. 1587 GREENE Euphues his Censure Wks. (Grosart) VI. 245 Yet hee would alwaies gyue the onset, saying that souldiers which stood at receipt, and felt the furious attempt of the enemy, were halfe discomfitted. c1611 CHAPMAN Iliad VI. 375 Helen stood at receipt, And took up all great Hector's pow'rs t' attend her heavy words.
 

    IV. 11.    a. The chief place or office at which moneys are received on behalf of the Crown or government; the public revenue-office. Also in Eng. use, Receipt of the (King's) Exchequer. Now only Hist.

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   1442 Rolls of Parlt. V. 62/2 Certayn Tailles reysid at the resceyt of your Escheker. 1450 Ibid. 176/1 If Shirrefs, Eschetours, or eny other persones shall..paie eny sommes of money therof att Kynges receite at Westm. 1485 Naval Acc. Hen. VII (1896) 7 Thomas Roger hath receyved at the Receypt of the Kinges Exchequier..ccli. 1596 DANETT tr. Comines (1614) 242 One other also being of the receit was a furtherer thereof till his heart failed him. 1603 KNOLLES Hist. Turks (1621) 1277 The Magistrates in the publicke receipt. 1620 WILKINSON Coroners & Sherifes 75 To levie the Kings debts, and to pay them into the receit duely and orderly. 1691 LOCKE Lower. Interest Wks. 1727 II. 93 Who will not receive clipp'd Money,..whilst he sees the great Receipt of the Exchequer admits it. 1765 Act 5 Geo. III , c. 26 Preamble, A fine of £101. 15s. 11d., paid into the receipt of his said Majesty's Exchequer. 1863 H. COX Instit. III. vii. 683 The officer..was to reside at the Receipt of Exchequer.
 

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  fig. 1684 T. BURNET Th. Earth II. 75 Thousands of lesser [rivers] that pay their tribute at the same time into the great receit of the ocean.
 

    b. The receiving-place of custom. Hence fig.

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   1539 BIBLE (Great) Matt. ix. 9 He sawe a man (named Mathew) syttyng at the receate of custome. 1847 L. HUNT Men, Women & B. II. vii. 96 The bird sat at the receipt of victory. a1859 {emem} Bk. Sonnet (1867) I. 87 Lamb..sat at the receipt of impressions, rather than commanded them.
 

    {dag}12.    a. A place for the reception of things; a receptacle. Obs.

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   1388 WYCLIF Exod. xxxviii. 3 He made redi of bras dyuerse vessels, caudruns, tongis,..and resseittis of firis. c1400 MANDEVILLE (1839) x. 112 Men han made a litylle Resceyt, besyde a Pylere of that Chirche, for to resceyve the Offrynges of Pilgrymes. c1430 LYDG. Compl. Bl. Knt. xxxiii, The thought [is] resseyt of woo and of compleynt. 1593 NASHE Christ's T. 33b, Hauing her receipt of disgestion almost closed vp with fasting. 1601 HOLLAND Pliny I. 340 [The heart] contains within it certaine ventricles and hollow receits, as the chiefe lodgings of the life, and bloud. 1605 SHAKES. Macb. I. vii. 66 Memorie..Shall be a Fume, and the Receit of Reason A Lymbeck onely.
 

    {dag}b. esp. A receptacle for water; a basin or other part of a fountain; a reservoir. Obs.

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   c1450 Plan Charterhouse Waterwks. in Archĉologia LVIII. (1902) 303 Seint John receyte undir {th}e hegge. c1512 Ibid. a1548 HALL Chron., Hen. VIII 166 The second receit of this fountaine was enuironed with wynged serpentes all of golde. 1575 LANEHAM Let. (1871) 52 Sundrye fine pipez did liuely distill continuall streamz intoo the receyt of the Foountayn. 1601 HOLLAND Pliny II. 411 The least leuell for to carry and command water vp hill from the receit, is one hundred foot. 1625 BACON Ess., Gardens (Arb.) 561 Fountaines I intend to be of two Natures: The One that, Sprinckleth or Spouteth Water; The Other a Faire Receipt of Water. 1646 J. GREGORY Notes & Obs. (1650) 114 The dry land appeared..recompensed with an extuberancy of Hils and Mountaines for the Receipts into which he had sunk the waters.
 

    {dag}c. A recess in a wall. Obs.{em}1

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   1560 WHITEHORNE Arte Warre (1588) 94 To make the walles crooked, and full of tourninges, and of receiptes.
 

    {dag}13.    a. A place of reception or accommodation for persons; a place of refuge. Obs.

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   1390 GOWER Conf. III. 118 Aries..is the receipte and the hous Of myhty Mars. 1430-40 LYDG. Bochas VII. viii. (1554) 172b, His tonne to hym [Diogenes] was receite and housholde. 1495 Act 11 Hen. VII , c. 5 Preamble, The grettest haven succour and receite..for marchauntes and shippes. 1579-80 NORTH Plutarch (1895) III. 423 His house was a common receite for all them that came from Greece to Rome. a1603 T. CARTWRIGHT Confut. Rhem. N.T. (1618) 655 Their Munkeries are Receits of children starting from their fathers. 1625 MARKHAM Bk. Hon. III. v. §4 His House became as it were an Hospitall or Receit for all that wanted.
 

    {dag}b. A chamber, apartment. Obs. rare.

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   1593 NASHE Christ's T. 28 In the inner receipt of the Temple, was hearde one stately stalking vp and downe. 1615 CHAPMAN Odyss. IV. 413 Atrides, and his..spouse,..In a retired receit, together lay.
 

    {dag}14. Hunting. (Cf. 10.) A position taken up to await driven game with fresh hounds; a relay of men or dogs placed for this purpose. Obs.

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   1575 TURBERV. Venerie 244 They use their greyhounds only to set backsets or receytes for deare wolfe foxe or such like. 1580 LYLY Euphues (Arb.) 419 In hunting I had as liefe stand at the receite, as at the loosing. 1622 BACON Hen. VII (1876) 154 The lords that were appointed to circle the hill, had some days before planted themselves, as at the receit, in places convenient. 1688 HOLME Armoury III. 187/1.
 

    V.    {dag}15.    a. Capability of receiving, accommodating, or containing; capacity, size. Obs. (Common in 17th c., esp. of houses or other buildings.)

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   1563 GOLDING Cĉsar v. (1565) 108 Newe shippes to be buylded.., and the olde to be mended, declaring of what receite and fasshyon he wold haue them made. 1592 Nobody & Somebody Cijb, To purchase me a name, Take a large house of infinite receipt. 1615 G. SANDYS Trav. 5 One only harbor..of a conuenient receit for ships, respect we either their number or burthen. 1652 SIR C. COTTERELL Cassandra VI. (1676) 567 The Palace which was of receipt sufficient to lodge them all commodiously. 1657 R. LIGON Barbadoes (1673) 90 After much keeling, they take it..and put it into ladles that are of greater receipt. 1703 T. N. City & C. Purchaser 12 He that designs..the Building,.. must have respect to its due Situation, Contrivance, Receipt, Strength [etc.].
 

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  fig. 1642 FULLER Holy & Prof. St. V. xix. §11. 438 His popular manner was of such receipt that he had room to lodge all comers.
 

    {dag}b. Mental capacity; power of apprehension.

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   c1400 tr. Secreta Secret., Gov. Lordsh. 114 Many heres in {th}e brest..bytokyns..lessenynge of {th}e resceyt. 1605 BACON Adv. Learn. I. i. §3 If then such be the capacitie and receit of the mind of man [etc.]. 1607 HIERON Wks. I. 262 The heart of man is of great receit and able to containe many things. 1628 BP. HALL Old Relig. (1686) 31 This justice being wrought in us by the holy Spirit according to the modell of our weak receit.
 

    {dag}16. Accommodation or space provided. Obs.

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   1615 T. ADAMS Leaven 114 Do not..thrust it into a narrow corner in your conscience, while you give spatious receat to lust and sin. 1627 CAPT. SMITH Seaman's Gram. x. 49 To make roome and receit for the Sea.
 

    VI. 17. attrib., as receipt duty, form, side, stamp, tax; receipt-book, (a) a book of medical or cooking receipts (also fig.); (b) a book containing receipts for payments made.
 
   1654 WHITLOCK Zootomia 50 One Remedy shall serve..severall Diseases, and distempers..; Their *Receipt-Book is as universally indifferent, as a Church-Booke. 1797 Encycl. Brit. (ed. 3) III. 391/2 Receipt book. In this book a merchant takes receipts of the payments he makes. 1808 H. MORE C{oe}lebs II. xlvii. 446, I now found her grand receipt-book was the Bible. 1873 R. BROUGHTON Nancy I. 6 Keep stirring always!..say I, closing the receipt-book.


1878 JEVONS Prim. Pol. Econ. 130 The penny *receipt duty..is..a good tax.
1898 Engineering Mag. XVI. 46 Further below is the *receipt form: Rec'd [etc.].
1800 Asiat. Ann. Reg., Proc. Parl. 41/2 The most prominent article on the *receipt side is that of the sale of goods.
1879 Chambers' Encycl. s.v., A penny *receipt stamp.
1787 DUKE OF DORSET in O. Browning Despatches from Paris (1909) I. 217 It is fear'd that the Duty is intended to include Stamp-receipts after the plan of the *Receipt-Tax in England. 1795 PITT in G. Rose's Diaries (1860) I. 203 Funds on the Receipt Tax.

 

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