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Dictionary Definition



1 a person who gets something [syn: receiver]
2 the semantic role of the animate entity that is passively involved in the happening denoted by the verb in the clause [syn: recipient role]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. One who receives, such as one who receives money or goods.
  2. An individual receiving donor organs or tissues.


One who receives, such as one who receives money or goods
An individual receiving donor organs or tissues



From Latin recipiens, present participle of recipere from re- + capere "to catch." Cognate with English recipient "receiver," Italian, Spanish recipiente "vessel"



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Extensive Definition

A recipient is defined as an entity which receives a good or service. The entity can be a person, a group of persons, a company, an organization, or a government.
In certain countries, the term is commonly, but not exclusively, used to refer to an entity which receives some sort of recognition, such as an award or a medal, or an entity who receives a gift.

Common uses

  • A recipient of an award or medal.
  • A recipient, or beneficiary, of United States federal assistance, also known as federal aid.
  • A recipient of student financial aid, such as scholarships.
  • A universal recipient, a person who has AB positive blood type and so can generally accept a blood donation from anyone.
  • A recipient of a disease from a carrier

List of recipients

The following articles are lists of recipients of a certain item:

Awards and recognition

The following articles are lists of recipients of awards, medals, or any other type of public recognition, which can also be referred to as laureate:

Military decoration

recipient in Slovak: Recipient

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