respond

noun
re·​spond | \ ri-ˈspänd How to pronounce respond (audio) \

Definition of respond

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an engaged pillar supporting an arch or closing a colonnade or arcade

respond

verb
responded; responding; responds

Definition of respond (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to say something in return : make an answer respond to criticism
2a : 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

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Other Words from respond

Verb

responder \ ri-​ˈspän-​dər How to pronounce responder (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for respond

Synonyms: Verb

react, reply

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How did Lincoln respond to the bitter social discord of his day? David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 The four large keypads surrounding the rear display each respond to a long press as well as a regular one, and the control dial under your thumb can also be long-pressed to switch between shooting modes. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Leica S3 is a frustratingly awesome medium format DSLR," 27 Sep. 2018 How did Strzok respond: Strzok claimed that, to his knowledge, he was removed from the probe for reasons related to public perception — presumably to maintain trust in the integrity of Mueller’s team — rather than any concern about bias on his part. Alana Abramson, Time, "3 Moments That Actually Mattered at the Peter Strzok Hearing," 13 July 2018 See how Pruitt's responds to tough questions during this latest round before lawmakers by watching the hearing live in the player above. USA TODAY, "Live stream: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt grilled on Capitol Hill," 16 May 2018 Dennis Witt, Lower Merion’s supervisor of safety, security and custodians, said the equipment could help school staff respond to a range of emergencies. Kathy Boccella, Philly.com, "Nothing has stopped the wave of school shootings. Now districts are buying war-zone trauma kits," 11 June 2018 More: Cincinnati police respond to fatal shooting in Over-the-Rhine Enquirer partner Fox19 contributed to this report. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Police ID man killed in Avondale shooting Monday morning," 4 June 2018 The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office also requested the Washington State Patrol crime lab respond to the scene early Sunday morning, said Trooper Chelsea Hodgson. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "5 found dead after cabin explodes, burns near Brinnon on Olympic Peninsula," 11 June 2018 Not only would the Justice Department likely respond by appointing a replacement, Congress would likely be moved to take steps of its own to reign in executive power. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What firing Mueller would mean for the GOP," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jeffree responded to the 17-year-old by replying to his tweet. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Just Got in the Middle of the James Charles/Tati Westbrook Feud and He Has Some Opinions," 13 May 2019 In a viral tweet directed at Chrissy Teigen responding to her hamster fiasco of the day, Caitlin Burch tweeted this truly disgusting image of the culprit—and her story. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Opossum Was Living in a 7-Year-Old’s Room For Three Days Before Anyone Noticed," 19 Apr. 2019 Be sure to think ahead about questions your manager might ask, and practice responding to those logically. Josephine Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Ask For a Raise," 18 Apr. 2019 Now, that does not mean that someone could not look at an ultrasound and perceive an embryo responding in a certain way. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Abortion Movie Unplanned Is Factually Incorrect," 16 Apr. 2019 He's shaded her many times throughout the years, but Kylie has never explicitly responded. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Makeup Guru Jeffree Star," 9 Apr. 2019 While the Ynaa come in peace, tensions arise as an islander is murdered, and as his brother responds in kind. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 The government’s failure to respond by an April 23 deadline could send the dispute into federal court. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "House Democrat, treasury chief bicker over Trump tax returns," 14 Apr. 2019 Owen, given a chance to respond to Trinity’s mother, tearfully apologized. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Small Town in South Carolina Mourns the Prom Night Death of Trinity Harrison," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of respond

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1572, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for respond

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

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respond

verb

English Language Learners Definition of respond

: to say or write something as an answer to a question or request
: to do something as a reaction to something that has happened or been done : to have a particular reaction to something
: to have a good or desired reaction to something

respond

verb
re·​spond | \ ri-ˈspänd How to pronounce respond (audio) \
responded; responding

Kids Definition of respond

1 : to say something in return I called to her, but she didn't respond.
2 : to react in a way that shows some action was successful Did the patient respond to surgery?
re·​spond | \ ri-ˈspänd How to pronounce respond (audio) \

Medical Definition of respond

1 : to react in response
2 : to show favorable reaction respond to chemotherapy

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