respect

noun
re·​spect | \ri-ˈspekt \

Definition of respect 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

3a : high or special regard : esteem

b : the quality or state of being esteemed

c respects 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

respect

verb
re·​spect | \ri-ˈspekt \
respected; respecting; respects

Definition of respect (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to consider worthy of high regard : esteem

b : to refrain from interfering with please respect their privacy

2 : to have reference to : concern

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Other Words from respect

Verb

respecter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for respect

Synonyms: Noun

account, admiration, appreciation, esteem, estimation, favor, regard

Synonyms: Verb

admire, appreciate, consider, esteem, regard

Antonyms: Noun

disfavor

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Verb

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

Examples of respect in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

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 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 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … The Constitiution of the United States of America The students respect the principal for his honesty. I respect what she has accomplished. You must learn to respect other people's property. We need to respect the environment.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meghan's wedding gown, according to royal protocol, couldn't come close to the price of Kate's out of respect to her position in line to the throne, and Eugenie's dress cost will likely follow suit. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much Does Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Cost?," 8 Oct. 2018 Abby’s counseling and writings focus on body respect and intuitive-style eating. Abby Langer, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here’s Why I Don’t Follow 'What I Eat in a Day' Social Media," 2 Oct. 2018 But the fact that the General Assembly's decorum was totally broken as a result of him just saying so means that Donald Trump isn’t just our Large Idiot President: He’s seen by the world as a laughing stock undeserving of respect. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The U.N. General Assembly Just Laughed in Trump's Face," 25 Sep. 2018 It also was reportedly chosen due to his own involvement in the military and as a sign of respect to the men and women who serve. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Interesting Reason Why Prince Harry's Real Wedding Uniform Won't Go on Display," 30 Aug. 2018 The President's testimony unfortunately has rendered the details essential with respect to those two grounds, as will be explained in those grounds. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018 Speaking of respect, is Lewerke, Michigan State's fine junior quarterback, getting enough during this run-up to the start of fall camp? Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Forget the rankings. MSU's Brian Lewerke could be Big Ten's best QB," 11 July 2018 The same dynamic held true with respect to fatigue and suicidal thoughts. Alan Mozes, CBS News, "Doctor burnout behind many medical errors, study finds," 10 July 2018 With all due respect to every other player, there’s exactly one guy who could’ve pulled that off. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No self-respecting AI could replicate its level of paranoid hubris. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 What self-respecting adult would even comment on a child’s appearance? Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Daddy-Daughter Dance! Khloé Kardashian Shares the Sweet Moment Between Tristan Thompson and True," 11 July 2018 What self-respecting adult would even comment on a child’s appearance? Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Don’t You Dare Insult Khloé Kardashian’s Baby," 9 July 2018 This includes respecting and affirming the language that bathes our existence, and explores the intersectionality with other identities. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 Amar makes a plausible case that Kavanaugh is well educated, well read, and well respected in his field. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Brett Kavanaugh’s Qualifications Don’t Matter," 10 July 2018 This teenage detective became the archetype of a kind of tough American woman: smart and fierce in the face of violence, but also well-respected by police and her doting father. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 Rodriguez, whose face adorns the posters that Comcavis Trans created to advocate that the law legislating gender identity be changed, also hoped that the state would respect and protect her legal rights to live out her identity. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 The bottom line for me as a viewer is that the script deftly presents her in a way that instantly makes me respect her and want to know more about her. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "'The Tunnel' returns to PBS and speaks truth to our border and immigration debate," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of respect

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for respect

Noun

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

Verb

see respect entry 1

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More Definitions for respect

respect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of respect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

respect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of respect (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

respect

noun
re·​spect | \ri-ˈspekt \

Kids Definition of respect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : detail entry 1 sense 2 Our trip was perfect in all respects.

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

respect

verb
respected; respecting

Kids Definition of respect (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to consider worthy of high regard : esteem

2 : to pay attention to We respected their wishes.

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