I am a PhD student. Sometimes my professor sends me an email to inform me about something. Can I used "well received" to respond to her message?
If you want simply to confirm to your professor that you have received a message, well received conveys more than that. Well received, which is sometimes hyphenated, means that something has gotten a good reaction or has been viewed with approval. For example, "The book was well received by critics." See Macmillan and Collins for examples of dictionary definitions.
While I was looking for sources, I was interested to see that well received is quite often misused in professional emails to convey confirmation of receipt. See Daily Jambo, where it's cited as "one of five commonly misused phrases in emails".
In short, if you respond to your professor that her email has been well received, you are telling her not that you received it, but that you liked it and found it well written or that it contained good ideas. It would sound a bit out of place. But more important, I think, it might come across as a little inappropriate, since she is supposed to be advising you and reviewing your work, whereas you are not normally in a position to review hers.
If you want simply to confirm that you have received her email, a few of the choices you have are:
- Thank you, I've received your message.
- I confirm that I've received your message. (a bit more formal)
- Receipt confirmed. (a bit curt and. distant)
- Thank you for the information.