re·​spec·​tive·​ly | \ri-ˈspek-tiv-lē \

Definition of respectively 

1 : in particular : separately could not recognize the solutions as salty or sour, respectively

2 : in the order given Mary and Anne were respectively 12 and 16 years old

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Circles, from 1952, and Edges, from 1962, were taken from a drawing and collage, respectively, and transformed into textiles. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Alexander Girard’s forgotten textile patterns find new life as rugs," 9 Nov. 2018 Young people are also breaking ground in these spaces, like 18-year-old Gabrielle Anzalone and 19-year-old Elijah Manley, who ran for positions on their local board of education and school board, respectively. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 Tzuyu and Chaeyong, on the other hand, took on the boldest hues with deep turquoise and cherry red, respectively. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 2018 Chips used one, two, or four dies (for Ryzen, first-generation Threadripper, and Epyc/second-generation Threadripper, respectively) all put together into a single package. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4," 6 Nov. 2018 Twitter and Snapchat have both lost users in the U.S. or North America, respectively, in back-to-back quarters. Rani Molla, Recode, "Social media growth is over in the U.S. — which is its most valuable market," 5 Nov. 2018 In his wake, Harmon leaves Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ty Burrell of Modern Family, respectively. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Star Mark Harmon Is Officially One of the Highest Paid Actors on TV," 30 Oct. 2018 The throw pillows go for $49, while stunners like the hexagonal pouf and the slipper chair go for $249 and $299, respectively. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Get Ready To Obsess Over Christene Barberich's New Home Collection With The Inside," 18 Oct. 2018 Betfair ranks Victoria and Albert much lower, in slots 10 and 16 respectively. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "These Are the Most Likely Names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of respectively

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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