''Warm welcome'' Vs "receive well"

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

I found on the Web the expression: warm welcome: definition: A hearty, hospitable reception or greeting. - Thefreedictionary

My question: What is the difference between "warm welcome" and "receive well" in the context below? Please take a look.

a. The family received us well. Vs The family gave us a warm welcome.
b. We were received well. Vs We got a warm welcome.

Thank you in advance!
  • DocPenfro

    Senior Member
    English - British
    I don't know where you found "received well", but this phrase is normally used in the context of public speaking or entertainment, and refers to the audience reaction.

    "The mayor's speech was received well" or "The flamenco dancer was received well".

    I would never use "received well" to refer to domestic or corporate hospitality. "Warm welcome" would be much more appropriate here.
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