receive as

receive as (something)

1. To obtain something (from someone) in some particular capacity of for some particular reason. I received this watch as a gift for my 50 years of service to the company. We received a large payment from the government as an investment in our project.
2. To admit, welcome, or accept someone in a particular manner or capacity. Typically followed by "guest." I'm willing to receive you as a guest as a favor to my wife, but do not think that this courtesy extends any further than this evening. The embassy plans on receiving the former rebel leader as a guest of honor.
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receive someone as someone or something

to welcome and accept someone as someone or something. The king received the ambassador as an honored guest. They said they would receive their former guest as a welcome visitor.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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