re·​spec·​tive·​ly | \ ri-ˈspek-tiv-lē How to pronounce respectively (audio) \

Definition of respectively

1 : in the order given Mary and Anne were respectively 12 and 16 years old
2 : in particular : separately could not recognize the solutions as salty or sour, respectively

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Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley, who starred in The Vampire Diaries as love interests Elena Gilbert and Stefan Salvatore, respectively, reunited in a sweet snap on Dobrev's Instagram, joined by Wesley's wife, Ines de Ramon, and their dogs. Eric Todisco,, "Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley Have a Vampire Diaries Reunion — with Puppies!," 8 Sep. 2020 Over the same time period, revenues for the NFL and NBA grew by approximately 90 and 110 percent, respectively. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Affluent White student-athletes are profiting from the labor of their poor Black peers, study says," 8 Sep. 2020 Franklin County has the highest number of cases in the state at 23,295, with Cuyahoga (16,317) and Hamilton (11,753) having the second and third-highest, respectively. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Cleveland reports 16 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths: Monday update," 8 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, the two direct listing candidates, Palantir Technologies Inc. and Asana Inc. are hosting investor days Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the companies said on their websites. Michael Hytha,, "Snowflake Attracts Berkshire, Salesforce to Technology IPO," 8 Sep. 2020 Firefighters still had no containment against flames in Malden and unincorporated lands near Green Hollow Road on Tuesday in blazes that had charred 8,000 acres and 2,000 acres, respectively, regional fire spokeswoman Sydney McBride said. NBC News, "3 fires roar through southeast Washington communities of Whitman County," 8 Sep. 2020 However, Dave Campbell’s has the Eagles finishing in second place, respectively. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Football: North Shore headlines a tough District 21-6A with Atascocita, Beaumont West Brook," 7 Sep. 2020 Only eight defenses in the past 15 years have had at least 40 turnovers and no NFL defense has done it since the Bears and the Patriots produced 44 and 41, respectively, in 2012. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts defense sets sights on turnover mark no Indianapolis team has reached since 1987," 7 Sep. 2020 While Apple has many major developers on board—Adobe and Microsoft are already porting over their Creative Cloud and Office suites respectively—smaller developers will need to update their apps. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, "All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of respectively

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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11 Sep 2020

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“Respectively.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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