Definition of respond
: an engaged pillar supporting an arch or closing a colonnade or arcade
Origin of respond
Middle English respounde, literally, reply, from Anglo-French respuns, respunt response
First Known Use: 15th century
Simple Definition of respond
: to say or write something as an answer to a question or request
: to do something as a reaction to something that has happened or been done : to have a particular reaction to something
: to have a good or desired reaction to something
Full Definition of respond
Examples of respond in a sentence
She hasn't yet responded to my letter.
My mother responded to my request with a firm no.
The teacher asked a question, but the student didn't respond.
“Are you ready?” he asked. “No,” she responded.
When I asked him what he was doing, he responded that it was none of my business.
Police quickly responded to the call for help.
She responded to their decision by threatening to quit.
Origin of respond
alteration of Middle English respounden, from Anglo-French respundre, from Latin respondēre to promise in return, answer, from re- + spondēre to promise — more at spouse
First Known Use: 1572
RESPOND Defined for Kids
Definition of respond for Students
1 : to say something in return <I called to her, but she didn't respond.>
2 : to react in a way that shows some action was successful <Did the patient respond to surgery?>
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