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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Four crisis specialists were hired in December to work with transit police to assuage conflicts and respond to situations involving people in mental distress. Justin George, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2023 In this case, the odds that the relevant party will change its ways or respond are minimal. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 20 Dec. 2022 Along with the ability to accept over-the-air updates and respond to myriad voice commands, the system includes popular features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 7 Dec. 2022 But how will Cincinnati’s offense respond coming out of the bye? Mohammad Ahmad, cleveland, 16 Nov. 2022 There was also little discussion of how Republicans could, as a policy matter, solve high inflation, protect the southern border or respond to Russia's war with Ukraine. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2022 According to the Times, prosecutors will have to request that Santos respond. Luke Barr, ABC News, 3 Jan. 2023 Because of the conditions, the officers exited and requested that a hazmat team respond. Amanda Oglesby, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2022 The Aurora Police Department received a federal grant to help its crisis intervention unit respond to mental health and crisis calls, and provide resources for residents. Megan Jones, Chicago Tribune, 1 Dec. 2022
Verb
Twitter did not respond to questions from The Associated Press. David Klepper, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2023 Twitter did not respond to questions from The Associated Press. David Klepper, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2023 Twitter did not respond to questions from The Associated Press. Time, 19 Jan. 2023 Twitter and Heritage Global Partners did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2023 Twitter did not respond to questions from The Associated Press. David Klepper, ajc, 19 Jan. 2023 Twitter, which doesn't have a media relations staff, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 18 Jan. 2023 Twitter, which has laid off the majority of its communications staff, did not respond to a request for comment. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023 Twitter did not respond to WIRED’s request for comment. WIRED, 16 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 2 Feb. 2023.

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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