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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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

The central government in Baghdad responded by booting Kurdish militias, known as the Peshmerga, out of oil-rich Kirkuk. The Economist, "Two years after a disastrous referendum, Iraq’s Kurds are prospering," 15 June 2019 The company responded by pausing plans for a new factory. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Virtual assistants, VR headsets and app stores. How tech is changing cars," 14 June 2019 Amazon has also responded to criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) through its corporate Twitter account. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Google's lobbying shake-up signals its readying for Washington battle," 14 June 2019 Firefighters initially responded to a mobile home fire around 9 p.m. in the 7600 block of Bamwood. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County firefighters rescue disabled man from home during fire," 14 June 2019 Each time, the government attorney responded that the man should continue in MPP. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge orders DHS to keep man in U.S. for immigration hearings instead of returning to Mexico," 14 June 2019 And the Bruins responded, dominating for long stretches of time except in the way that mattered most. Author: Jimmy Golen, Anchorage Daily News, "St. Louis wins its first Stanley Cup, beating Boston 4-1," 13 June 2019 Paramedics responded to the home the children lived in on Carroll Avenue in St. Paul last Jan. 15 after a report of an unresponsive child. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Judge sentences St. Paul man to 15 years for beating child to death in case she calls ‘stunning’," 13 June 2019 Some of his teammates and his mother, Wanda, responded to the criticism to stand up for him and his integrity. Jenna West, SI.com, "Klay Thompson Pays Tribute to Kevin Durant: 'Nothing Can Impede This Man's Greatness'," 13 June 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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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 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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