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Common UsagePlay
Often used to express receiving awards, e-mails, or benefits. SlideHe was a recipient of numerous military honors.
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Neutral TonePlay
The word 'recipient' carries a neutral tone; it is neither formal nor slang. SlideOur club named Rita the recipient of free weekly lunches.
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Active RolePlay
A recipient is passive, focusing more on the act of receiving than doing. SlideThe recipients of the scholarships will be announced next week.