response

noun
re·​sponse | \ri-ˈspän(t)s \

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 & Antonyms for response

Synonyms

answer, comeback, rejoinder, reply, retort, return

Antonyms

inquiry, query, question

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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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Democrats in Congress have unsuccessfully pushed for an independent review of the federal response. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 Mitchell experienced this type of response to braids back in high school, showing just how deeply these negative attitudes towards hairstyles typically worn by black women actually run. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Model Salem Mitchell Is Sick of Black Women's Hairstyles Being Labeled "Ghetto"," 13 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter In terms of trade responses, China is now bearing that assertion out. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Popular Science’s Kat Eschner reports that the scientists analyzed data from more than 100 experiments detailed in 23 lab studies of bees’ responses to floral scents. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 12 July 2018 The same department also released details of a response to the same residence on July 3 after a non-violent domestic abuse was reported. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "LeSean McCoy's ex-girlfriend on home invasion 911 call: 'It has something to do with my ex'," 12 July 2018 Here are some of the internet's best responses to the argument. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Here Are All of the Best Tweets About Rihanna Possibly Arguing With Her Boyfriend in Mexico," 11 July 2018 As a gunman stalked the hallways of their high school, panicked students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School dialed 911 in hopes of a speedy police response. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Flawed 911 system ‘absolutely’ affected response to Parkland shooting," 11 July 2018 Throughout its thousands of responses to the House committee, Facebook was asked repeatedly about what access Russian state agencies had to Facebook user data. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Facebook Gave a Russian Internet Giant a Special Data Extension," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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