receptionre‧cep‧tion /rɪˈsepʃən/ ●●○W3 noun 🔊 🔊 1welcome/reaction [countable usually singular]REACT a particular type of welcome for someone, or a particular type of reaction to their ideas, work etc → receive 🔊 She was unsure of her reception after everything that had happened.a warm/good/enthusiastic reception 🔊 The delegates gave him a warm reception.a hostile/cool/frosty reception 🔊 His ideas met with a hostile reception.receive/have/get/meet with a ... reception 🔊 He got a great reception from the crowd. 🔊 The plans received a mixed reception from unions (=some people liked them, others did not).2hotel/office [uncountable]a)DLTBBthe desk or office where visitorsarriving in a hotel or large organization go first 🔊 Please leave your key at the reception desk. 🔊 I asked the man at reception.b)British EnglishDLTBB the area around or in front of this desk or office syn lobby 🔊 I’ll wait for you in reception. 🔊 the reception area3party [countable]PARTY a large formalparty to celebrate an event or to welcome someone 🔊 It’s an ideal location for a wedding reception. 🔊 The occasion was marked by a civic reception.► see thesaurus at party4signals [uncountable]TCB the act of receivingradio, television, or other signals, or the quality of signals you receive 🔊 Mobile phone users have complained of poor reception in the area.5football [countable] the act of catching the ball in AmericanfootballCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a particular type of welcome for someone, or a particular type of reaction to their ideas, work etcadjectivesa warm reception (=friendly or approving)The prince was given a warm reception when he visited Birmingham.an enthusiastic/rapturous/rousing reception (=in which people show a lot of approval in a noisy way)She received an enthusiastic reception.a hostile receptionWhen reporters arrived at the house, they got a hostile reception.a cool/chilly/frosty reception (=not friendly or approving)His idea got a cool reception from his colleagues.a lukewarm reception (=not enthusiastic)I am bewildered by the lukewarm reception given to her latest album.a mixed reception (=when some people like something and some do not)His first novel received a mixed reception.a favourable/positive receptionThe movie got a favourable reception from audiences and critics alike.verbsget/have a warm etc reception (also receive a warm etc reception formal)As he came on, Rocky got a great reception from the crowd.meet with a warm etc reception formalThey met with a chilly reception from my mother.give somebody/something a warm etc receptionOpposition parties gave the proposals a lukewarm reception.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: a large formal party to celebrate an event or to welcome someoneADJECTIVES/NOUN + reception a wedding receptionThere were over 200 guests at our wedding reception.a civic reception (=one given by the authorities of a city)The plaque was unveiled during a civic reception given at Glasgow City Chambers. a champagne receptionTickets include a champagne reception and buffet supper.an official receptionAfter an official reception at the Embassy, they visited the White House.a formal receptionThere will be a formal reception in honour of his life and work.verbsattend a receptionWe have to attend a reception at the Embassy.have/hold a reception The wedding reception will be held at The Grand Hotel.