re·​spect | \ ri-ˈspekt How to pronounce respect (audio) \

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


re·​spect | \ ri-ˈspekt How to pronounce respect (audio) \
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

Other Words from respect


respecter noun

Synonyms for respect

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But for the most part, the filmmakers are after their own period-thick blend: how respect for oral tradition and love for a ripping yarn can be a gateway to invention and allusion. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Ricker and Adamski stress that respect and validation are crucial when recognizing trans and nonbinary identity. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 25 Apr. 2022 Both royals wore artificial red poppy pins—a symbol of remembrance in the UK that has been in use since WWI—as a sign of respect for Australian and New Zealand servicemembers. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 25 Apr. 2022 There's a level of respect that those adults on that creative team had for young people. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 25 Apr. 2022 Operating from a place of deep respect for the land. Anna Haines, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Now, he is not viewed as a weak link, and that’s a sign of respect. Adam Himmelsbach,, 21 Apr. 2022 News media and security personnel watched at a distance as a sign of respect. Brock Blasdell, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2022 Celebrants were encouraged to adopt Swahili names and to address one another by Swahili titles of respect. John M. Mugane, Quartz, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Both those involved were given options and told to respect the other. cleveland, 5 May 2022 But having great mentors means being willing to be a mentee, to really respect their experiences and wisdom and invest time in relationships and listen to the criticism, as well as the accolades. Marianne Schnall, Forbes, 5 May 2022 How can a person claim to respect human life and then support policies that force women to stay pregnant against their will? Glamour, 5 May 2022 Taliban officials have pledged to find the perpetrators and put a stop to the attacks, reiterating their commitment to respect and defend all minorities. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 Wearing a wig on set taught me to respect drag queens at a very young age! ELLE, 29 Apr. 2022 Campers will learn about their environment; girls will feel more comfortable outdoors, become more aware of their surroundings and learn ways to respect and care for the environment. Anchorage Daily News, 1 Apr. 2022 That opens up the doors for more people to respect that sound and utilize it. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2022 Draghi met with Conte earlier this week and told him that Italy intends to respect its spending commitment to the military alliance and that political stability is at stake. Chiara Albanese,, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of respect


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for respect

Noun and Verb

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

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re·​spect | \ ri-ˈspekt How to pronounce respect (audio) \

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.


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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