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

The German government is prepared to back a potential merger of Deutsche Bank AG and rival Commerzbank AG to create a national banking giant, responding to deep skepticism among shareholders, clients and others about the health of the two banks. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Potential Deutsche Bank Deal Gains German Government Support," 31 Jan. 2019 Musk made the claim on Twitter yesterday, responding to a soon-to-be Tesla owner in Ireland who was worried about coverage in his home country. James Vincent, The Verge, "Elon Musk promises 100 percent Tesla Supercharger coverage in Europe next year," 27 Dec. 2018 In the second year of the Bush presidency, responding to implacable pressures from the Reagan and Bush administrations, the Soviet Union imploded. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Read Brian Mulroney's Moving Eulogy at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 5 Dec. 2018 Maguire's attorney did not immediately respond to People's request for comment. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "'Rehab Addict' Star Nicole Curtis Says Her Son Was Taken From Her Arms on Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2018 In October 2017, Daniel and Ruby responded to a call that hit close to home. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Abandoned Shelter Dog Rescued the Missing Son of Her Former Trainer," 20 Nov. 2018 And finally, there's a GoFundMe raising money for Tim Watson, a Pittsburgh Police SWAT Officer who was injured when responding to the shooting. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Moving On and Making a Difference in the Wake of the Tree of Life Shooting," 2 Nov. 2018 Research shows that fat cells in those who are sleep-deprived are less able to respond properly to insulin, which may lead to weight gain. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019 But an apparent change of tack in recent weeks has seen Israel going public following strikes, which could prompt the Iranians to respond and potentially escalate the exchange of fire into a bigger conflict. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israel Hits Iranian Targets in Syria After Attack on Golan Heights," 21 Jan. 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 \
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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