The act of receiving
The manner of receiving
A social function
There was a pleasant reception area.
I tried to get reception up here.
Her sister waited in the reception room, sipping tea and flipping through a magazine.
Satisfied that she looked proper as a new bride, she pushed her feet into yellow sandals and headed for the reception room.
The woman and boy left while she filled out the paperwork and then set it on a counter of what looked like an abandoned reception area.