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noun re·spect \ri-ˈspekt\

Simple Definition of respect

  • : a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.

  • : a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way

  • : a particular way of thinking about or looking at something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of respect

  1. 1 :  a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation <remarks having respect to an earlier plan>

  2. 2 :  an act of giving particular attention :  consideration

  3. 3 a :  high or special regard :  esteem b :  the quality or state of being esteemed c plural :  expressions of high or special regard or deference <paid our respects>

  4. 4 :  particular, detail <a good plan in some respects>

in respect of

  1. chiefly British :  with respect to :  concerning

in respect to

  1. :  with respect to :  concerning

with respect to

  1. :  with reference to :  in relation to

Examples of respect in a sentence

  1. The earth's crust floats over a core of molten rock and some of its parts have a tendency to move with respect to one another. —Mario Salvadori, Why Buildings Stand Up, 1990

  2. Anyway any honor sent through the mail and cashable is about the only kind I got any great respect for … —Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being, 1979

  3. Our ragged hero wasn't a model boy in all respects. I am afraid he swore sometimes, and now and then he played tricks upon unsophisticated boys from the country, or gave a wrong direction to honest old gentlemen unused to the city. —Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick, 1868

  4. The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice. It looked good-natured, she thought: still it had VERY long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt that it ought to be treated with respect. —Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865

  5. He has earned their respect.

  6. The soldier saluted as a sign of respect.

  7. Despite our differences, I have enormous respect for him.

  8. I have a great respect for his accomplishments.

  9. I expect to be treated with respect.

  10. Your theory makes sense in one respect.

Origin and Etymology of respect

Middle English, from Latin respectus, literally, act of looking back, from respicere to look back, regard, from re- + specere to look — more at spy

First Known Use: 14th century



verb re·spect \ri-ˈspekt\

Simple Definition of respect

  • : to feel admiration for (someone or something) : to regard (someone or something) as being worthy of admiration because of good qualities

  • : to act in a way which shows that you are aware of (someone's rights, wishes, etc.)

  • : to treat or deal with (something that is good or valuable) in a proper way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of respect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to consider worthy of high regard :  esteem b :  to refrain from interfering with <please respect their privacy>

  3. 2 :  to have reference to :  concern



Examples of respect in a sentence

  1. Many other critics respect her work, but marginalize her as “the best Polish woman artist” or “the best woman artist of Eastern Europe.” —Andrew Solomon, New York Times Book Review, 21 Aug. 1994

  2. He had a weak point—this Fortunato—although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. —Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado, 1846

  3. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … —The Constitiution of the United States of America

  4. The students respect the principal for his honesty.

  5. I respect what she has accomplished.

  6. You must learn to respect other people's property.

  7. We need to respect the environment.

Origin and Etymology of respect

(see 1respect)

First Known Use: 1560

Synonym Discussion of respect

regard, respect, esteem, admire mean to recognize the worth of a person or thing. regard is a general term that is usually qualified <he is highly regarded in the profession>. respect implies a considered evaluation or estimation <after many years they came to respect her views>. esteem implies greater warmth of feeling accompanying a high valuation <no citizen of the town was more highly esteemed>. admire suggests usually enthusiastic appreciation and often deep affection <a friend that I truly admire>.

RESPECT Defined for Kids



noun re·spect \ri-ˈspekt\

Definition of respect for Students

  1. 1 :  high or special regard :  esteem

  2. 2 :  thoughtfulness or consideration <“Of course, we would wait the appropriate amount of time out of respect for my brother.” — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising>

  3. 3 respects plural :  an expression of regard or courtesy <pay my respects>

  4. 4 :  1detail 2 <Our trip was perfect in all respects.>

  5. 5 :  relation to or concern with something specified <I'm writing with respect to your ad.>



verb re·spect

Definition of respect for Students



  1. 1 :  to consider worthy of high regard :  esteem

  2. 2 :  to pay attention to <We respected their wishes.>

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