1 part of a telephone
ADJ. phone, telephone
VERB + RECEIVER lift, pick up She took a deep breath and lifted the receiver off its hook. | hold | put back/down, replace | snatch up | bang down, slam down He slammed the receiver down and burst into tears. | drop
RECEIVER + VERB dangle The receiver was dangling from the payphone.
PREP. over the ~ ‘It's your mother on the phone again!’, said John with his hand over the receiver.
PHRASES hold/put the receiver to your ear She picked up the receiver and put it to her ear.
2 piece of radio/television equipment
ADJ. portable | radio, satellite, television
RECEIVER + NOUN unit To change channel, select the desired number on the receiver unit.
3 person in charge of a bankrupt company
ADJ. official | administrative
VERB + RECEIVER appoint, appoint sb (as) | call in They had to lay off 200 staff and call in the receivers.
PHRASES in the hands of the receiver The company remained in the hands (= under the control) of the receiver.