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rĕceptus , ūs, m. recipio.
I. A drawing back (very rare).
A. Lit.: “spiritus ... in receptu difficilis,hard to recover, Quint. 11, 3, 32, § 53. —
B. Trop., a retraction, recantation: “receptus nimis pertinacis sententiae,Liv. 4, 57, 4. —
II. Milit. t. t., a drawing or falling back, a retiring, retreat (very freq. in prose and poetry): “ut expeditum ad suos receptum habeant,Caes. B. G. 4, 33; so, “habere receptum ad aliquem,id. ib. 6, 9; “and simply receptus habere,id. B. C. 1, 59; Planc. ap. Cic. Fam. 10, 11, 2; Liv. 27, 27; 44, 39 al.: “cum receptus primis non esset,id. 28, 23; 40, 32: “dare receptum alicui,Caes. B. C. 1, 46; 1, 82 fin.; “and simply receptus dare,id. ib. 2, 30 fin.: “Caesar receptui cani jussit,id. B. G. 7, 47; cf.: “receptui signum audire,Cic. Phil. 13, 7, 15: “signum dare receptui,Liv. 4, 31, 3: “Caesar receptui suorum timens,Caes. B. C. 3, 46; 3, 69: “receptui sibi consulebant,id. ib. 3, 11, § “4: haud facili inde receptu,Liv. 29, 7: ne receptum amittam, Pompon. ap. Cic. Att. 8, 12, C, 2 et saep.: canere receptui a miseriis contemplandis, to give the signal for leaving off, etc., Cic. Tusc. 3, 15, 33. — In plur.: “(bucina) cecinit jussos inflata receptus,Ov. M. 1, 340: “cane, Musa, receptus,leave off, id. Tr. 4, 9, 31; and in the signif., place of retreat, refuge: “tuti recessus,Verg. A. 11, 527: “perdices surculis receptus suos vestiunt,nests, Sol. 7 fin. (cf. receptaculum, II. fin.).—
2. Transf., a going back, retreating: “receptus et recursus maris,” i. e. the ebb and flow, Eum. Paneg. Const. 6 fin.
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