respond

noun
re·​spond | \ri-ˈspänd \

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 \ 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

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 People with a wheat allergy respond to wheat proteins by churning out a class of antibodies called immunoglobulin E that can set off vomiting, itching, and shortness of breath. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "What’s really behind ‘gluten sensitivity’?," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Turner thinks the research produced after the Yellowstone fires of 1988 can serve as a benchmark for how forests might respond to repeated burning, and the hot and furious future that may await them. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 In a statement to Teen Vogue, police spokesperson Shawn McGuire said officers responded to a report of a suicide on October 17. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Ferguson Protestor Melissa McKinnies Believes Her Son, Danye Jones, Was Lynched," 1 Nov. 2018 Weber did not immediately respond to questions about the incidents Tuesday. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp," 28 Nov. 2018 Kramer and his lawyers did not immediately respond to his request for comment. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 Amazon did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Report: Amazon chooses New York City neighborhood, DC suburb for HQ2," 12 Nov. 2018 Eric Church's rep did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. Fox News, "Eric Church's younger brother, Brandon, dead at 36," 2 Oct. 2018 The bomb released toxic chlorine gas, seriously injuring two other soldiers responding to the incident. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Soldier Found Guilty of Building, Exploding Poison Gas Bomb," 26 Sep. 2018 Seniors want livable, walkable, urban neighborhoods, and developers are responding in kind. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018

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

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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 \
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 \

Medical Definition of respond 

1 : to react in response

2 : to show favorable reaction respond to chemotherapy

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