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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The new three-year contract will be at a fixed total price of roughly $4.645 million, with two one-year options at approximately $1.686 million and $1.733 million, respectively. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Airport officials change decision, award janitorial contract to incumbent," 30 Aug. 2019 In July, the median time a home in Alexandria and Arlington sold after being listed was nine and 12 days, respectively, which is about 30 days faster than the same period a year ago. Washington Post, "Area residents, not Amazon newcomers, are fueling Northern Virginia real estate frenzy, agents say," 28 Aug. 2019 Furman and Heckert will be the principals of Harbor View and Wilson Elementary schools, respectively. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "New school year brings new principals at Newport-Mesa’s Harbor View and Wilson Elementary," 27 Aug. 2019 The northern Virginia cities of Alexandria and Arlington are now the two most competitive housing markets in the country, respectively, according to a Redfin report. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Home prices in some Virginia suburbs have shot up $100,000. Thank Amazon," 26 Aug. 2019 The reward offer is in addition to others of $2,500, $5,000 and $1,000 offered, respectively, by the American Wild Horse Campaign, Return to Freedom and The Cloud Foundation organizations., "Tourist may have brought measles to Southern California," 25 Aug. 2019 Sunday and Monday will be hot and humid with highs in the upper 90s to around 101° respectively. Dallas News, "NBC5 Forecast: Hot and humid for just a few more days," 24 Aug. 2019 That is, respectively, about 78, 3,000 and 57 times more than the largest existing processor from Nvidia, a chipmaker. The Economist, "Cerebras unveils the world’s chunkiest AI chip," 22 Aug. 2019 In fact, the average 3 and 6 month performance for U.S. stocks was 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively, in this time. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Recession Watch: 3 Ways to Reframe Your Thinking About the Next Downturn," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of respectively

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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