AskDefine | Define receipt

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of receiving [syn: reception]
2 an acknowledgment (usually tangible) that payment has been made


1 report the receipt of; "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper" [syn: acknowledge]
2 mark or stamp as paid

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪsiːt/
  • Rhymes: -iːt


  1. the act of receiving, or the fact of having been received
  2. a quantity or amount received; takings
  3. a written acknowledgment that a specified article or sum of money has been received
  4. a recipe


act of receiving
amount received
written acknowledgement


  1. to give or write a receipt (for something)
  2. to mark a bill as having been paid


to give a receipt
to mark a bill

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Extensive Definition

A receipt is a written acknowledgement that a specified article or sum of money has been received as an exchange. The receipt acts as the title to the property obtained in the exchange.


In English speaking countries the term most frequently applies to the printed record given to a customer at checkout that lists the purchases made, the total amount of the transaction including taxes, discounts and other adjustments, the amount paid and the method of payment. Increasingly, these receipts may also include messages from the retailer, warranty or return details, special offers, advertisements or coupons. Receipts may also be provided for non-retail operations such as banking transactions.
Printed receipts are usually produced by thermal printing on rolls of narrow paper tape, although dot-matrix technology is also used. Recent innovations have led to multi-colored thermal printing technology and the ability to print double-sided receipts.

Gift receipts

Receipts may be presented as proof of a transaction for the purpose of exchanging or returning merchandise. Some retailers provide special "gift receipts" specifically for this purpose. Unlike a standard purchase receipt, the gift receipt omits certain information, most notably the price that was paid for an item. The receipt usually has a barcode along the bottom so that the retailer can call up the transaction information from a database of previous purchases, thus authenticating a return.


Hand-written or hand-completed receipts are more often used for infrequent or irregular transactions, or for transactions conducted in the absence of a terminal, cash register or point of sale (for example, as provided by a landlord to a tenant for receipt of rent money.)


Electronic receipts (sometimes abbreviated e-receipts) are frequently rendered for transactions made online or through other electronic media. They may take the form of emails or of dynamically-generated web pages that users can save or print. In addition to the normal transactional data, electronic receipts often contain hyperlinks to the seller's website or to pages describing the items purchased.

See also

receipt in Czech: Kvitance
receipt in Danish: Kvittering
receipt in German: Kassenbon
receipt in French: Reçu
receipt in Dutch: Kwitantie
receipt in Japanese: 領収書
receipt in Portuguese: Nota fiscal
receipt in Russian: Кассовый чек
receipt in Simple English: Receipt
receipt in Finnish: Kuitti
receipt in Swedish: Kvitto
receipt in Thai: ใบเสร็จรับเงิน

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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