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Receipt, 1) the act of receiving, of taking a thing given or sent: “thou didst deny the gold's r.” Err. II, 2, 17. disburse the sum on the r. thereof (a chain) IV, 1, 38. “to confess r. of that which hath so faithfully been paid,” LLL II, 156. “at the r. of your letter,” Merch. IV, 1, 151. Applied to things taken as food or medicine: Romeo should, upon r. thereof (a poison) “soon sleep in quiet,” Rom. III, 5, 99.
2) the thing received; used of a sum of money: “three parts of that r. I had for Calais disbursed I duly,” R2 I, 1, 126. Of meat and drink: “drunken desire must vomit his r.” Lucr. 703. the mutinous parts that envied his (the stomach's) “r.” Cor. I, 1, 116.
3) capacity, power of receiving and containing: “in things of great r. with ease we prove among a number one is reckoned none,” Sonn. 136, 7.
4) reception, admission of entrance for holding and containing: “the most convenient place that I can think of for such r. of learning is Blackfriars,” H8 II, 2, 139.
5) receptacle, place receiving and containing: “the r. of reason a limbeck only,” Mcb. I, 7, 66.
6) a recipe, medical prescription: “his good r. shall for my legacy be sanctified by the luckiest stars in heaven,” All's I, 3, 250. “many --s he gave me,” II, 1, 108. “we have the r. of fern-seed,” H4A II, 1, 96.
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