Definition of recipient in English:



  • A person or thing that receives or is awarded something.

    ‘the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize’
    • ‘None of the recipients to whom I spoke knew of the Society before their awards.’
    • ‘For these recipients, socks are a welcome present, as are a hat or gloves.’
    • ‘Two awards for outstanding achievement were a surprise to the recipients.’
    • ‘Mr Logue said his family was both overwhelmed and proud to be the recipients of the award.’
    • ‘Could you possibly forward me the names and addresses of the recipients?’
    • ‘The letter, which came from an address in London, tells recipients to quote box numbers when replying.’
    • ‘It is also an expression of gratitude by organ recipients to donors and their families.’
    • ‘Much of the money to pay benefits to future recipients will have to come from somewhere else.’
    • ‘Pensioners and other welfare recipients in the cities did not get the chance to air their views.’
    • ‘With no will to search for work many of these recipients remain at home and reap the benefits of their weekly cheques.’
    • ‘We used to discuss its past recipients and the possible winners in years to come.’
    • ‘He is one of the youngest recipients of the George Cross in military history.’
    • ‘The awards were presented to the recipients at a function in the Chamber last Wednesday.’
    • ‘The award remains a unique one and the recipients this week were proud to have been selected.’
    • ‘Some of the world's leading businesses and corporations have been previous recipients of the awards.’
    • ‘He denies social welfare recipients will be forced to sell homes to repay debts.’
    • ‘Hopefully all recipients gave their explicit consent to receive such messages.’
    • ‘I have checked the internet and similar letters have been sent to recipients worldwide.’
    • ‘Most people would rather be active independent citizens than recipients of benefits.’
    • ‘They are the recipients of Smart awards from the Department of Trade and Industry.’
    • ‘Israel has long been the largest recipient of American aid, receiving $3 billion last year.’
    • ‘The awards have been given out each year and the recipients are chosen by an independent panel.’
    beneficiary, receiver, donee, giftee, legatee
    grantee, devisee
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  • [attributive] Receiving or capable or receiving something.

    ‘a recipient country’
    • ‘Finally, a telegraphic or telex message is not recorded, except by the sending and recipient banks.’
    • ‘Stripped of its own genetic instructions, the recipient egg cell is a tiny biological machine awaiting orders.’
    • ‘This decision was a major shift in public policy about gaming and the recipient organizations.’
    • ‘Transferred genes are subject to those mutational processes affecting the recipient genome.’
    • ‘This may then be used as the basis for negotiation on the amount required to meet the recipient spouse's support needs.’
    • ‘In return the recipient country would write an annual report or audit, showing how the money was spent.’
    • ‘Aid from rich countries is often leveraged to elicit certain behaviors from recipient nations.’
    • ‘What effect will it have on the local publishing industry in the recipient countries?’
    • ‘The agreement placed a greater emphasis on dialogue between the EU and recipient states.’
    • ‘Six donor countries and 13 recipient countries have now developed their own drug donation guidelines.’
    • ‘The donor and recipient chromosomes could be distinguished by the genetic markers that flanked the white genes.’
    • ‘Results show that the transformed DNA sequences remained linked in the recipient genome.’
    • ‘This would be widely denounced as a form of neo-colonialism in both donor and recipient countries.’
    • ‘The embryo can then be placed into a recipient mare and carried normally to full term.’
    • ‘The islets are injected into the recipient liver via the portal vein or by subcapsular injection into the kidney or spleen.’
    • ‘The three biggest recipient countries in absolute numbers were Israel, Indonesia, and China.’
    • ‘This is to ensure that consumers in the recipient country do not carry the burden of foreign tax.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin recipient- receiving from the verb recipere.