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 Dictionary entry overview: What does recipient mean? 

  The noun RECIPIENT has 2 senses:

1. a person who gets something
2. the semantic role of the animate entity that is passively involved in the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

  Familiarity information: RECIPIENT used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1recipient [BACK TO TOP]


A person who gets something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


recipient; receiver

Hypernyms ("recipient" is a kind of...):

acquirer (a person who acquires something (usually permanently))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "recipient"):

addressee (one to whom something is addressed)

transferee ((law) someone to whom a title or property is conveyed)

sendee (the intended recipient of a message)

protege (a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career)

payee (a person to whom money is paid)

mandatary; mandatory (the recipient of a mandate)

host ((medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor)

honoree (a recipient of honors in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments)

heir; heritor; inheritor (a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another)

grantee (a recipient of a grant)

dependant; dependent (a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support))

consignee (the person to whom merchandise is delivered over)

conferee (a person on whom something is bestowed)

borrower (someone who receives something on the promise to return it or its equivalent)

beneficiary; donee (the recipient of funds or other benefits)

assignee ((law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred))

annuitant (the recipient of an annuity)

alienee; grantee (someone to whom the title of property is transferred)

warrantee (a recipient of a warrant issued by a court in the United States)

Sense 2recipient [BACK TO TOP]


The semantic role of the animate entity that is passively involved in the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


recipient role; recipient

Hypernyms ("recipient" is a kind of...):

participant role; semantic role (an entity realized by a noun or noun phrase in a clause or sentence)

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