The verb "receive" is similar to the verb "get."

  • Dan got an email from his boss.
  • Dan received an email from his boss.
  • Patricia got a package in the mail.
  • Patricia received a package in the mail.
  • The students got rewards for their accomplishments.
  • The students received rewards for their accomplishments.
  • Our friends got some bad news yesterday.
  • Our friends received some bad news yesterday.
  • Mary gets money from her family.
  • Mary receives money from her family.

The level of diction for the word "receive" is higher than it is for the word "get," so in some circumstances it might be a better choice.

receive email

He receives a lot of email every day at work.

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August 2, 2014