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noun re·spect \ri-ˈspekt\

: 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

Full Definition of RESPECT

1
:  a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation <remarks having respect to an earlier plan>
2
:  an act of giving particular attention :  consideration
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
:  particular, detail <a good plan in some respects>
in respect of
chiefly British :  with respect to :  concerning
in respect to
:  with respect to :  concerning
with respect to
:  with reference to :  in relation to
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Examples of RESPECT

  1. He has earned their respect.
  2. The soldier saluted as a sign of respect.
  3. Despite our differences, I have enormous respect for him.
  4. I have a great respect for his accomplishments.
  5. I expect to be treated with respect.
  6. Your theory makes sense in one respect.
  7. 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

Origin 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

2respect

verb re·spect \ri-ˈspekt\

: 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

Full Definition of RESPECT

transitive verb
1
a :  to consider worthy of high regard :  esteem
b :  to refrain from interfering with <please respect their privacy>
2
:  to have reference to :  concern
re·spect·er noun

Examples of RESPECT

  1. The students respect the principal for his honesty.
  2. I respect what she has accomplished.
  3. You must learn to respect other people's property.
  4. We need to respect the environment.
  5. 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

Origin 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>.
RESPECTS Defined for Kids

1respect

noun re·spect \ri-ˈspekt\

Definition of RESPECT for Kids

1
:  high or special regard :  esteem
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
respects plural :  an expression of regard or courtesy <pay my respects>
4
:  1detail 2 <Our trip was perfect in all respects.>
5
:  relation to or concern with something specified <I'm writing with respect to your ad.>

2respect

verb
re·spect·edre·spect·ing

Definition of RESPECT for Kids

1
:  to consider worthy of high regard :  esteem
2
:  to pay attention to <We respected their wishes.>

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