response

noun
re·​sponse | \ ri-ˈspän(t)s How to pronounce response (audio) \

Definition of response

1 : an act of responding
2 : something constituting a reply or a reaction: such as
a : a verse, phrase, or word sung or said by the people or choir after or in reply to the officiant in a liturgical service
b : the activity or inhibition of previous activity of an organism or any of its parts resulting from stimulation
c : the output of a transducer or detecting device resulting from a given input

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Synonyms for response

Synonyms

answer, reaction, reply, take

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answer, response, reply, rejoinder, retort mean something spoken, written, or done in return. answer implies the satisfying of a question, demand, call, or need. had answers to all their questions response may imply a quick or spontaneous reaction to a person or thing that serves as a stimulus. a response to the call for recruits reply often suggests a thorough response to all issues, points, or questions raised. a point-by-point reply to the accusation rejoinder can be a response to a reply or to an objection. a salesman with a quick rejoinder to every argument retort implies a reaction to an implicit or explicit charge, criticism, or attack which contains a countercharge or counterattack. she made a cutting retort to her critics

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?
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In response, Mayor Tom Bradley proposed a temporary site to relocate the homeless — an urban campground that would open in June of that year. latimes.com, "Today: On Edge Over ICE Raids," 15 July 2019 In response, Chief Impact Officer Anna Kohn said, the group increased security. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit nonprofit RecoveryPark robbed for 3rd time in 6 days," 15 July 2019 In response, the district built a new $18 million Miller school about three miles from the previous site. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Daughter of UTSA basketball assistant coach an inspiration despite disability," 14 July 2019 In response, Unai Emery is looking to give Spurs a taste of their own medicine, as the Gunners prepare to compete with their rivals for the signing of Nicolo Zaniolo, who has also been linked with a move to Juventus. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Arsenal Respond to Tottenham Hijacking, Otamendi Eyes Valencia Return & More," 14 July 2019 But the lights — and, on a warm Saturday night in midsummer, the air conditioning and fans that keep people cool — began to return about 10 p.m. Power was fully restored by midnight, with cheers ringing out on the streets in response. James Barron, New York Times, "Power Restored to Manhattan’s West Side After Major Blackout," 13 July 2019 In response, governments have released jellyfish-eating fish and turtles into their waters, sent out spotter boats to locate the swarms, and set up dedicated phone lines to report them. David Adam, Smithsonian, "To Make Jellyfish More Appetizing, Add Light and Sound Effects to the Dining Experience," 12 July 2019 In response, one of the men grabbed a nearby metal stanchion pole and hit the bouncer in the head, fracturing his skull and causing a brain bleed, police said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDPD seeks help to identify suspect in Pacific Beach bouncer assault," 11 July 2019 Right whales are shifting their migratory and feeding patterns, probably in response to climate change. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of response

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for response

Middle English & Latin; Middle English respounce, from Anglo-French respuns, respounce, from Latin responsum reply, from neuter of responsus, past participle of respondēre

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The first known use of response was in the 14th century

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response

noun

English Language Learners Definition of response

: something that is said or written as a reply to something
: something that is done as a reaction to something else

response

noun
re·​sponse | \ ri-ˈspäns How to pronounce response (audio) \

Kids Definition of response

1 : an act or instance of replying : answer There was no response to my question.
2 : words said or sung by the people or choir in a religious service
3 : a reaction of a living being (as to a drug)

response

noun
re·​sponse | \ ri-ˈspän(t)s How to pronounce response (audio) \

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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