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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That delineation is important because many people who don’t experience spontaneous desire feel like something is wrong with them when in fact their desire responses are perfect as is. Corinne Werder, Allure, "The Shame-Free Guide to Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder," 23 May 2019 In response, many automakers are serving up discounts and special savings to attract buyers and move new cars and trucks off their lots. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Ford, Hyundai, and GM Headline List of Memorial Day Discounts for Military Service Members," 23 May 2019 However, her right-hand makeup artist and close confidant Daniel Martin shared her response to the portrait during the CBS special Meghan and Harry Plus One with Gayle King. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Reaction to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Tribute Is All of Us," 21 May 2019 Basically, Lee stood up for both coaches and respected their responses, naturally ending his remarks with a good ole' dose of American pride. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'God Bless the USA' Singer Defends Kelly Clarkson and John Legend Amid 'Voice' Drama," 18 May 2019 Consumer sentiment is another major factor for retailers contemplating their response to the climate crisis. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Employees are pressuring Amazon to become a leader on climate. Here’s how that could work.," 18 May 2019 On Monday, Chinese media reported that officials could use the country’s Treasurys as leverage in their response to the Trump administration’s new barrage of tariffs. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "No, China Can’t Sink the U.S. Treasury Market," 14 May 2019 Dynamic email feels somewhat like an extension of the dynamic replies that will pop up in response to an existing Gmail message, or the autocomplete functions available in Google Search: a simple tool to save time. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Update: Google Gmail, Microsoft Outlook.com add 'dynamic email,' to avoid the pain of new tabs," 27 Mar. 2019 In response to the series finale airing tonight (Sunday, May 19), stars from the eight-season HBO fantasy hit are sharing heartwarming posts on social media to bid adieu to their onscreen personas and thank their fellow members of the cast and crew. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Stars React to the Series Finale with Tear-Jerking Posts on Social Media," 19 May 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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