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1‘Tony received his award at a gala lunch in London’
be given, be presented with, be awarded, collect, accept, have conferred on one
get, obtain, gain, acquire, secure, come by, pick up, be provided with, take
win, be paid, earn, gross, net, accrue
inherit, come into
2‘she received a letter from the council threatening court action’
be sent, be in receipt of
accept delivery of, accept, take into one's possession
3‘Alec received the news on Monday afternoon’
be told, be informed of, be notified of, be made aware of, hear, discover, find out, find out about, learn, gather, get wind of
4‘he received her suggestion with a complete lack of interest’
hear, listen to
respond to, react to, take
5‘she received a serious head injury’
experience, sustain, undergo, meet with, encounter, go through, be subjected to, come in for
suffer, bear, endure
6‘the young couple looked radiant as they received their guests’
greet, welcome, say hello to, show in, usher in, admit, let in
7‘she's not receiving visitors’
entertain, be at home to
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