Forms: . 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. . 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:L. recepta, fem. pa. pple. of
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.
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
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
Can. Yeom. Prol. & T.
What schal this receyt coste? telleth now.
Secreta Secret., Gov. Lordsh.
Off e Receytes off Medicynes.
Receyte of dyvers thynges in a medycine, drogges, recepte.
A notable receite to make Ipocras.
The severall antidotes by mee taken, whereof I shewed them the receipts.
Lett. Lit. Men
Medecinal and Cookery receipts collected from the best authors.
I. Pref. 5
A few books of receipts [for dyeing] taken from Hellot.
The thin soft cakes, made of flour and honey according to the family receipt.
Q. of Hearts
She spent hours in the kitchen, learning to make puddings and pies, and trying
all sorts of receipts.
Wks. 1710 I. 113
I'll teach him a Receipt to make Words that weep, and Tears that speak.
Some..Write dull receipts how poems may be made.
Till the destin'd youth Stept in, with his receipt for making smiles.
The formula or description of a remedy for a disease, etc.; also
absol., a remedy, means of cure.
La Primaud. Fr. Acad.
As surgeons do to cut off and to burne..when there is no way to finde or use any
Euery defect of the mind may haue a speciall receit.
Dark rooms, and cords, and hellebore are meet receipts for these mental distempers.
Ded. (1697) 75
The Patients, who have open before them a Book of admirable Receipts for their
No. 52 3
The most approved Receipt now extant for the Fever of the Spirits.
There is not a receipt in the whole extent of chemistry which I have not tried.
Mathieu's Powerfull Favorite
Death is the onely receit for her euils, and they keepe her by force from it.
[They have] made up all their receipts for distempered souls of so much Law and
so much Gospel.
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.
Goulart's Wise Vieillard
That hee had a receipt would preserue a man from growing old.
SIR T. BROWNE
From the knowledge of simples shee had a receipt to make white haire black.
Curios. in Husb. & Gard.
These Receipts for the Vegetation of Plants.
[He] sought Receipts for health from all he met.
The best Receipt, both for the amending our Manners, and the managing our Business,
is the Admonition of a Friend.
Well certainly this is..the newest receipt for avoiding calumny.
A more certain receipt for producing misgovernment of every kind..it would be
difficult to devise.
2. a. A drug or other mixture compounded in
accordance with a receipt. Obs.
Barth. De P.R.
viii. (Bodl. MS.),
In alle good receites and medicynes Amomum is ofte ido.
(Percy Soc.) 69
This ressayt is bought of no poticarye,..To al indifferent, richest diatorye.
2491 lf. 73
A Booke..teachinge the waye of making diuerse good and excellent Receiptez.
Fill the bottels halfe full of this foresaide receipt.
It can be done with the vse of a fewe drops or scruples of a liquor or receite.
Comf. Affl. Consc.
He throwes the glasse against the Wall, spills that precious Receipt, and drives
the Physition out of doores.
Stoops to Conq.
Did not I prescribe for you ever day, and weep while the receipt was operating?
transf. and fig.
(Percy Soc.) 50
My lord may al my sorowe recure, With a receyte of plate and of coyngnage.
Their noblenesse..quite quenched their calamitie, with preseruatiue receiptes
b. pl. Ingredients of a mixture.
Gun-powder of a..Russet colour is very good, and it may be judged to have all
its Receipts well wrought.
3. That which is received; the amount, sum, or quantity received. a. of money.
Minor Poems fr. Vernon MS.
enk also..at longe hast lyued and muche reseiued,..hou
ou hast spendet at reseit.
Your recyte and your gyuing oute Brynge it all in somme.
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.
Breathings of Devout Soul
None of the approved servants..brought in an increase of less value than the receit.
Asiat. Ann. Reg., Proc. Parl.
The Tanjore subsidy is stated at something more than the receipt last year.
The deficient receipt in 1797-8.
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.
Secreta Secret., Priv. Priv.
Whan the Myses & the exspensis..ouer-Passyth..the receitis, than moste the
kynge of his Peple har goodis take.
Act 27 Hen. VIII
, c. 27
The said chauncellour shall..take reconisances of euery particular receiuour..for
the sure paiement of his receites.
xxxi. (1612) 153,
I spake of great accompts, Receites [etc.].
Liberality..is designed to be a Virtue moderating our Receipts, as well as our
His own pieces, and Macklin's Love-a-la-Mode, brought great receipts to
6 June 714
That a possible margin should be left for an excess of actual revenue over estimated
transf. and fig.
The end of all thy receits is Gods glory in the seruice of the Church.
ii. (1732) 78
In the Mediterranean the Receipts from the rivers fall short of the expence in
b. of other things. Obs. rare.
Drunken Desire must vomite his receipt, Ere he can see his owne abhomination.
The belly..taintingly replyed To th' discontented Members,..That enuied his receite.
Test. Antiq. Anc. Faith Ch. Eng.
He which will receive that housell, shall..take with chastitie that holy receit.
4. a. The act of receiving something given or
handed to one; the fact of being received.
Whedir the grounde of ifte were
good other ille,..reson hath rehersid the resceyte of all.
Rolls of Parlt.
After the date and receit of the saide Writte.
To see the bookes of receyte.
After the receyte of thyse letters, he wrote answer to his moder.
Whan you pay money to another, cause the day of receite to be written in your
booke of recorde.
The receit of benefits, is the foundation of thankfulness.
Wks. 1872-5 II. 61
We thought it would be a good answer to giue you account of the receit of your
Wks. 1859 I. 133
On receipt of such a sum as the Governor shall think it reasonable for them to
Ess. Origin Man
The receipt of the radiance that..proceeds to us as its common centre and focus.
vii. §5 (1876) 69
Fit to be entrusted with the receipt and expenditure of large sums of money.
or ticket of receipt = next.
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
c. A written acknowledgement of money or goods
received into possession or custody.
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.
Bills of Exchange
Make a receit for the same on the backside of the said Bill.
Where the receipt is on the back of a bill, &c., it is usually called an indorsement.
Murray's Hand-Bk. N. Germ.
The fare must be paid beforehand, and a receipt is always given for it.
Then each might..carry in contusions of his skull A satisfactory receipt in full.
The act or practice of receiving (stolen goods); reset. ? Obs.
Had not be youre redy receyt, they had not be at al tymes so redy to stele.
Wks. (Globe) 620/1
The stollen goodes are convayed to some husbandman or gentellman, which..liveth
most by the receit of such goodes stoln.
a. The act of receiving or taking in; admittance (of things) to a place or
Secreta Secret., Gov. Lordsh.
e wirkynge of is last..ys yn e receyte
of e seed in e mariz.
As e see waxis by e receyt of fflodes and waters.
Fiue senses..whereby al objectes are poured into common sense, as into a place
(1810-12) III. 141
Shipping used among us either for warre or receit.
Ample cisternes for the receit of raine.
It [the ark] was sufficient for the receite..of all living Creatures.
b. The act of taking in (food, medicine, etc.)
by the mouth or otherwise. Obs.
Secreta Secret., Gov. Lordsh.
Drynkes of swete wyn, and ressayt of hony moyst.
De Quat. Noviss.
The pleasure that men may finde by the receeyte of this medicine.
[Plants] by their more hid receit of necessaries..have given great causes of doubting.
Every Man out of Hum.
i. (Rtldg.) 49/1
He shall receive the first, second, and third whiffe [of tobacco-smoke].., and,
upon the receipt [etc.].
c. An act of taking; a definite amount taken.
If I myhte..Of such a drinke..have o receite.
A greater receit than one Obulus, killeth him or her that taketh it.
d. The act of receiving the sacrament.
Of ressait sinffull of The my Saluiour,..I cry The mercy.
A manifest deniall of the transubstantiation, and of all corporall, reall, and
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.)
Order of Hospitalls
Against Easter yow shall prepare a Booke for the receipt home of the children.
Come, death, and lend Receipt to me, within thy bosome darke.
When all the earth at the intreatie of Juno, had abjured the receipt of Latona.
BP. R. MONTAGU
Acts & Mon.
Speciall lodgings for receit of women dedicated to God.
I have A little room,..not that I think it fit For thy Receit or Majesty, but
yet It is the best I have.
b. The ordinary or habitual reception of
strangers or travellers; esp. in place of receipt. Obs.
Wks. 1874 V. 183
There is no newes there but at the Ale-house, ther's the most receit.
SIR T. HERBERT
Noble places of Receipt or Carrauans-rawes for Trauellors to rest in.
Inne-Keepers who stand at their doors or gates of receit..to welcome and lodge
The greatest place of receipt in Samaria.
c. Receptiveness, welcome. Also with a:
A (good or bad) reception. Obs. rare.
Progr. Q. Eliz.
(1823) III. 384
This Master Dorstetell came and made his speach in Latin, full of receit, love
I had a kind receipt from both Lord and Lady as I could wish.
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.
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.
8. Acceptance of a person or thing. Obs.
For kynge they wolde haue hym in Receite, Howe be it that they haue hym not in
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.
BP. R. MONTAGU
Not so generall, euery where in vse, and receit, because not so obuious euery
where vnto the vnderstanding.
The fact of receiving (a blow, wound). ?Obs.
They had neuer sene before so grete a stroke nor a goodlyer reseyt therof without
fallynge to the erthe.
Hearing his brother cry out at the receipt of a blow.
Life Father Sarpi
The day after the receipt of his wounds [etc.].
10. to stand at receipt: to stand ready to receive.
Perh. originally a
hunting term; cf. sense 14.
v. (1867) 59
If ye can hunt, and stand at receite.
x. (1580) 62
Happie it was that there stoode some at receipte to receive the precious seede
sowen by our Saviour.
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.
Helen stood at receipt, And took up all great Hector's pow'rs t' attend her heavy
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
Exchequer. Now only Hist.
Rolls of Parlt.
Certayn Tailles reysid at the resceyt of your Escheker.
If Shirrefs, Eschetours, or eny other persones shall..paie eny sommes of money
therof att Kynges receite at Westm.
Naval Acc. Hen. VII
Thomas Roger hath receyved at the Receypt of the Kinges Exchequier..ccli.
One other also being of the receit was a furtherer thereof till his heart failed
The Magistrates in the publicke receipt.
Coroners & Sherifes
To levie the Kings debts, and to pay them into the receit duely and orderly.
Wks. 1727 II. 93
Who will not receive clipp'd Money,..whilst he sees the great Receipt of the Exchequer
Act 5 Geo. III
, c. 26 Preamble,
A fine of £101. 15s. 11d., paid into the receipt of his said Majesty's
The officer..was to reside at the Receipt of Exchequer.
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
He sawe a man (named Mathew) syttyng at the receate of custome.
Men, Women & B.
II. vii. 96
The bird sat at the receipt of victory.
(1867) I. 87
Lamb..sat at the receipt of impressions, rather than commanded them.
12. a. A place for the reception of things; a
He made redi of bras dyuerse vessels, caudruns, tongis,..and resseittis of firis.
(1839) x. 112
Men han made a litylle Resceyt, besyde a Pylere of that Chirche, for to resceyve
the Offrynges of Pilgrymes.
Compl. Bl. Knt.
The thought [is] resseyt of woo and of compleynt.
Hauing her receipt of disgestion almost closed vp with fasting.
[The heart] contains within it certaine ventricles and hollow receits, as the
chiefe lodgings of the life, and bloud.
Memorie..Shall be a Fume, and the Receit of Reason A Lymbeck onely.
b. esp. A receptacle for water; a basin
or other part of a fountain; a reservoir. Obs.
Plan Charterhouse Waterwks.
LVIII. (1902) 303
Seint John receyte undir e hegge.
Chron., Hen. VIII
The second receit of this fountaine was enuironed with wynged serpentes all of
Sundrye fine pipez did liuely distill continuall streamz intoo the receyt of the
The least leuell for to carry and command water vp hill from the receit, is one
Fountaines I intend to be of two Natures: The One that, Sprinckleth or Spouteth
Water; The Other a Faire Receipt of Water.
Notes & Obs.
The dry land appeared..recompensed with an extuberancy of Hils and Mountaines
for the Receipts into which he had sunk the waters.
c. A recess in a wall.
To make the walles crooked, and full of tourninges, and of receiptes.
13. a. A place of reception or accommodation for
persons; a place of refuge. Obs.
Aries..is the receipte and the hous Of myhty Mars.
viii. (1554) 172b,
His tonne to hym [Diogenes] was receite and housholde.
Act 11 Hen. VII
, c. 5 Preamble,
The grettest haven succour and receite..for marchauntes and shippes.
(1895) III. 423
His house was a common receite for all them that came from Greece to Rome.
Confut. Rhem. N.T.
Their Munkeries are Receits of children starting from their fathers.
His House became as it were an Hospitall or Receit for all that wanted.
b. A chamber, apartment. Obs.
In the inner receipt of the Temple, was hearde one stately stalking vp and downe.
Atrides, and his..spouse,..In a retired receit, together lay.
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.
They use their greyhounds only to set backsets or receytes for deare wolfe foxe
or such like.
In hunting I had as liefe stand at the receite, as at the loosing.
The lords that were appointed to circle the hill, had some days before planted
themselves, as at the receit, in places convenient.
V. 15. a. Capability of receiving, accommodating, or
containing; capacity, size. Obs. (Common in 17th c., esp. of houses or
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.
Nobody & Somebody
To purchase me a name, Take a large house of infinite receipt.
One only harbor..of a conuenient receit for ships, respect we either their number
SIR C. COTTERELL
The Palace which was of receipt sufficient to lodge them all commodiously.
After much keeling, they take it..and put it into ladles that are of greater receipt.
City & C. Purchaser
He that designs..the Building,.. must have respect to its due Situation, Contrivance,
Receipt, Strength [etc.].
Holy & Prof. St.
xix. §11. 438
His popular manner was of such receipt that he had room to lodge all comers.
b. Mental capacity; power of apprehension.
Secreta Secret., Gov. Lordsh.
Many heres in e brest..bytokyns..lessenynge
of e resceyt.
If then such be the capacitie and receit of the mind of man [etc.].
The heart of man is of great receit and able to containe many things.
This justice being wrought in us by the holy Spirit according to the modell of
our weak receit.
16. Accommodation or space provided. Obs.
Do not..thrust it into a narrow corner in your conscience, while you give spatious
receat to lust and sin.
To make roome and receit for the Sea.
17. attrib., as receipt duty, form,
(a) a book of medical or cooking receipts (also fig.); (b)
a book containing receipts for payments
One Remedy shall serve..severall Diseases, and distempers..; Their *Receipt-Book
is as universally indifferent, as a Church-Booke.
(ed. 3) III. 391/2
Receipt book. In this book a merchant takes receipts of the payments he makes.
II. xlvii. 446,
I now found her grand receipt-book was the Bible.
Keep stirring always!..say I, closing the receipt-book.
Prim. Pol. Econ.
The penny *receipt duty..is..a good tax.
Engineering Mag. XVI. 46 Further
below is the *receipt form: Rec'd [etc.].
Asiat. Ann. Reg., Proc. Parl. 41/2 The most prominent article on the *receipt side is that of the
sale of goods.
Chambers' Encycl. s.v., A penny
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.
G. Rose's Diaries
(1860) I. 203
Funds on the Receipt Tax.