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respond

noun re·spond \ ri-ˈspänd \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of respond

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

Recent Examples of respond from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of respond

Middle English respounde, literally, reply, from Anglo-French respuns, respunt response


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respond

verb

Definition of respond

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
transitive verb
: reply

responder

play \ri-ˈspän-dər\ noun

Examples of respond in a Sentence

  1. She hasn't yet responded to my letter.

  2. My mother responded to my request with a firm no.

  3. The teacher asked a question, but the student didn't respond.

  4. “Are you ready?” he asked. “No,” she responded.

  5. When I asked him what he was doing, he responded that it was none of my business.

  6. Police quickly responded to the call for help.

  7. She responded to their decision by threatening to quit.

Recent Examples of respond from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of respond

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

respond Synonyms

Synonyms
reply, react
Antonyms
ask, inquire, question
Related Words
answer, return; retaliate; construe, interpret, read, take, understand; contend (with), cope (with), grapple (with), handle, manage, negotiate
Near Antonyms
act, behave; affect, cause, draw, effect

RESPOND Defined for English Language Learners

respond

verb

Definition of respond for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

respond

verb re·spond \ ri-ˈspänd \

Definition of respond for Students

responded; responding
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?

Medical Dictionary

respond

intransitive verb 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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