Definition of response
1 : an act of responding
2 : something constituting a reply or a reaction: such asa : a verse, phrase, or word sung or said by the people or choir after or in reply to the officiant in a liturgical serviceb : the activity or inhibition of previous activity of an organism or any of its parts resulting from stimulationc : the output of a transducer or detecting device resulting from a given input
Examples of response in a Sentence
He got a response to his letter.
I am writing in response to your letter of July 17.
When I told him my plan, I wasn't expecting such an enthusiastic response.
Her response to their decision was to threaten to quit her job.
When you knocked on the door, was there any response?
Recent Examples of response from the Web
Experts say that partial responses could lead to further problems, because the commission could ultimately assemble disparate — and incomplete — information in an effort to draw a national picture.
That remains a major constraint on the Trump administration’s response even as North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, approaches his goal of a nuclear arsenal capable of striking the United States.
Conservatives have long had a stronghold on political radio — is Pod Save the People the liberal response?
The Star will post appropriate responses online in the same online locations as the original report.
Rob and Chyna breaks the internet with several reveals — including Chyna's texts about Rob, Rob's subsequent Instagram and Snapchat exposé on his empty house and lost love, and Chyna's response to that.
Conservative voters and lobbying groups representing largely conservative constituents were demanding different responses to Kasich's veto on Wednesday.
Veteran percussionist/band leader and martial-arts aficionado Abbey Rader delivers a classic melding of jazz arrangements with spontaneous responses by ensemble members to the spirit of the moment.
Sibanye’s tactical response team has faced gunfire and even grenades in chasing after zama-zamas.
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Origin and Etymology of response
Middle English & Latin; Middle English respounce, from Anglo-French respuns, respounce, from Latin responsum reply, from neuter of responsus, past participle of respondēre
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of response
RESPONSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of response for English Language Learners
: something that is said or written as a reply to something
: something that is done as a reaction to something else
RESPONSE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of response
: the activity or inhibition of previous activity of an organism or any of its parts resulting from stimulation a conditioned response
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