When we have guests at the door, we welcome them. Which verb can show this action more properly, greet or receive?


I greet Mr. X and his family at the door.


I receive Mr.X and his family at the door.

Which sentence looks more proper? Or Can we use both of them interchangeably?

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    You could greet or welcome guests in an informal setting. Receive is usually reserved for very formal occasions like weddings or funerals. Sep 22, 2015 at 1:24
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    Thank you very much! Now I know welcome is also a verb, and proper words for formal and informal words.
    – Superuser
    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:40
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    If anyone feels like writing this up as a proper answer, you're welcome to do so. :-) I just didn't feel comfortable leaving that short a message as an answer, and I don't have time for a longer version. I'm glad it was helpful superuser. Sep 22, 2015 at 22:42

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'Receive' is terribly formal and is used/seen only in the context of weddings, and state occasions.

In general, people 'greet' or 'welcome' guests.

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