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

In February its chief executive, Laurent Potdevin, resigned for conduct that the firm said fell short of its standards on integrity and showing respect for all employees. The Economist, "Despite falling foul of the #MeToo movement, Lululemon is soaring," 12 July 2018 Justice Neil Gorsuch, who declared a deep respect for precedent at his confirmation hearing last year, joined the majority. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "In polarizing era, respect for precedent depends on the case," 11 July 2018 My compliance didn’t arise from a deep respect for the law so much as a desperate urge to avoid the grey vampire of bureaucracy. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 So in some respects, yes, the classic romantic comedy—ones where women are reduced to male-obsessed beings—is dead. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix Is Making the Rom-Com Cool Again," 10 July 2018 Judge Kavanaugh’s First Amendment jurisprudence also reflects a deep respect for the free exercise of religion and speech. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Kavanaugh for the Court," 9 July 2018 The volatility of our world right now requires a response informed by both a respect for human dignity and an understanding of what happens in its absence. Bob Mckillop, Washington Post, "Why take our college basketball team to Auschwitz?," 3 July 2018 Guttier said the first batch focusing on a mutual respect between both drivers and pedestrians will air in the upcoming months. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Latest string of deadly pedestrian accidents continues Arizona trend," 2 July 2018 Beyond a true love for one another, the pair also displayed a true and unabiding respect and admiration for the other. Stacey Leasca, ajc, "George Bush reportedly said this to Barbara every night during their 73 years of marriage," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The protestors respect the space and are working to keep it peaceful, even with the occasional heckler passing by and the near constant police presence. Philly.com, "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 There's nothing official about this process, and migrants don't have to respect the waitlist system devised by the community groups. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "What happens when migrants seeking asylum get to the border?," 22 June 2018 The president likes and respects Prime Minister May very much. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump denies he said something that he said on a tape everyone has heard," 13 July 2018 Santiago Galindo, an established and respected producer at Televisa who helmed a slew of successful shows, including entertainment blockbusters Pequeños Gigantes and Bailando por un Sueño (Dancing for a Dream), has died. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Mexican TV Producer Santiago Galindo, Known for Musical Productions, Found Dead," 11 July 2018 Coach Brett Brown is a former San Antonio Spurs assistant, and James respects the heck out of Gregg Popovich. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "How the 76ers should convince LeBron James to sign with them," 26 June 2018 Mean-spiritedness and the inability to set and respect boundaries. Vanity Fair, HWD, "Laverne Cox Answers the Proust Questionnaire," 11 June 2018 Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over senators, particularly Murkowski and Collins. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation," 10 July 2018 The chief justice also does have legitimate philosophical priors about respecting precedent and issuing the narrowest possible opinions. Dylan Scott, Vox, "John Roberts is the Supreme Court’s new swing vote. Is he going to overturn Roe v. Wade?," 9 July 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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