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Receiver? ...Or Recipient!

Hi Guys,
As in title, I am confused about those two words. According to OED these words are synonyms. But while using the words I feel more comfortable to use 'recipient' in case of a person and 'receiver' for instruments, legal bodies etc. Is there any specific rules for the usage of those two words? Suggestions please.



  • According to the OED, only one sense of receiver is synonymous with recipient.

    Other senses of receiver may refer to people
    • who receive on behalf of someone else
    • who receive in an official capacity
    • who receive the ball in a sport
    • who receive stolen goods

    In the recipient sense, we actually prefer receiver when speaking at the same time of the sender. Some may disagree, but I also prefer the giver and the receiver rather than the giver and the recipient.

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