respond

1 of 2

noun

re·​spond ri-ˈspänd How to pronounce respond (audio)
: an engaged pillar supporting an arch or closing a colonnade or arcade

respond

2 of 2

verb

responded; responding; responds

intransitive verb

1
: to say something in return : make an answer
respond to criticism
2
a
: to react in response
responded to a call for help
b
: to show favorable reaction
respond to surgery
3
: to be answerable
respond in damages
responder noun

Examples of respond in a Sentence

Verb She hasn't yet responded to my letter. My mother responded to my request with a firm no. The teacher asked a question, but the student didn't respond. “Are you ready?” he asked. “No,” she responded. When I asked him what he was doing, he responded that it was none of my business. Police quickly responded to the call for help. She responded to their decision by threatening to quit.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
When a deputy caught up with the vehicle, the driver did not at first respond to emergency lights and sirens, authorities said. Julia Daye, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb. 2024 Subject at the duck pond in Roseburg called in requesting medical respond because his brain has been extracted by Hitler. Matt Thompson, Spin, 5 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for respond 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English respounde, literally, reply, from Anglo-French respuns, respunt response

Verb

alteration of Middle English respounden, from Anglo-French respundre, from Latin respondēre to promise in return, answer, from re- + spondēre to promise — more at spouse

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1572, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of respond was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Respond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respond. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

respond

verb
re·​spond
ri-ˈspänd
1
: to say something in return : make an answer
2
a
: to react in response
note how the animal's eyes respond to light
b
: to have a favorable reaction
the patient is responding to treatment

Medical Definition

respond

intransitive verb
re·​spond ri-ˈspänd How to pronounce respond (audio)
1
: to react in response
2
: to show favorable reaction
respond to chemotherapy

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