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

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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William spent three consecutive weeks with teams at Britain’s MI5, MI6, and GCHQ—the equivalent to America’s FBI, CIA, and NSA, respectively—to see first-hand the work that staff across the agencies do. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Prince William's Top Secret Internship at Britain's Intelligence Agencies," 6 Apr. 2019 In previous early-music projects, Savall and his ensembles — respectively, the instrumental and vocal groups Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya — had explored music of the colonial era in the Americas under Spanish rule. Thomas May, The Seattle Times, "‘The Routes of Slavery’ traces a musical journey of resilience in the face of inhumanity," 31 Oct. 2018 Fergie and Diana were royal in-laws (previously married to brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Charles respectively), fourth cousins, and close friends. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson Pays Tribute to Princess Diana on International Women's Day," 8 Mar. 2019 For reasons that are a little vague, one of the Autobots, a (respectively) little yellow dude named B-127 finds himself alone on the quiet planet of Earth, with a mission to protect the planet’s inhabitants from the Decepticons. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bumblebee is basically E.T., but with a Transformer. It’s delightful!," 18 Dec. 2018 Their baby boy's middle names are reportedly Michael and William, in honor of Pippa's father and royal brother-in-law, respectively. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Looks Chic During a Rare Outing with Her Son Arthur," 1 Mar. 2019 During his time at Raytheon, Ryan helped design the Sparrow and Hawk guided missile systems, a medium-range semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile, and a surface-to-air missile, respectively. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Barbie's Designer Got His Start Making Missiles," 7 Feb. 2019 Bridenstine cites disasters like the Apollo 1 fire in 1967, and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle explosions in 1986 and 2003, respectively. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Elon Musk won’t be smoking weed in public again, NASA admin says," 30 Nov. 2018 The trio shimmered in metallic frocks of gunmetal, silver, and pink, respectively. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Patricia Clarkson, Adrien Brody, and Debbie Harry Enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of respectively

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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