Operation vs Receive - What's the difference?

operation | receive |

As nouns the difference between operation and receive

is that operation is the method by which a device performs its function while receive is (telecommunications) an operation in which data is received.

As a verb receive is

to get, to be given something while the other party is the active partner (opposite: to obtain).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(en noun)
  • The method by which a device performs its function.
  • It is dangerous to look at the beam of a laser while it is in operation .
  • The method or practice by which actions are done.
  • The act or process of operating; agency; the exertion of power, physical, mechanical, or moral.
  • * John Locke
  • The pain and sickness caused by manna are the effects of its operation on the stomach.
  • * Dryden
  • Speculative painting, without the assistance of manual operation , can never attain to perfection.
  • A planned undertaking.
  • The police ran an operation to get vagrants off the streets.
    The ''Katrina'' relief operation was considered botched.
  • A business or organization.
  • We run our operation from a storefront.
    They run a multinational produce-supply operation .
  • (medicine) a surgical procedure.
  • She had an operation to remove her appendix.
  • (computing, logic, mathematics) a procedure for generating a value from one or more other values (the operands).
  • (military) a military campaign (e.g. )
  • (obsolete) Effect produced; influence.
  • * Fuller
  • The bards had great operation on the vulgar.


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  • To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, etc.; to accept; to be given something.
  • :
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Our hearts receive your warnings.
  • *(John Locke) (1632-1705)
  • *:The idea of solidity we receive by our touch.
  • *(Bible), viii.64:
  • *:The brazen altar that was before the Lord was too little to receive the burnt offerings.
  • *, chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-05-25, volume=407, issue=8837, page=74, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= No hiding place , passage=In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.}}
  • To take possession of.
  • To act as a host for guests; to give admittance to; to permit to enter, as into one's house, presence, company, etc.
  • :
  • *(Bible), (w) xxviii.2:
  • *:They kindled a fire, and received us every one.
  • *
  • *:In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
  • To suffer from (an injury).
  • :
  • To allow (a custom, tradition, etc.); to give credence or acceptance to.
  • *(Bible), (w) vii.4:
  • *:Many other things there be which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots.
  • (lb) To detect a signal from a transmitter.
  • (lb) To be in a position to take possession, or hit back the ball.
  • # To be in a position to hit back a service.
  • #(lb) To be in a position to catch a forward pass.
  • To accept into the mind; to understand.
  • *, I.57:
  • *:I cannot receive that manner, whereby we establish the continuance of our life.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (telecommunications) An operation in which data is received.
  • sends and receives