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 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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Since 1979, the National Emergency With Respect to Iran has been in effect after President Jimmy Carter declared it in response to the Iran hostage crisis. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Threatening to Declare a National Emergency to Get Border Wall Funding. Here's Why He Shouldn’t.," 11 Jan. 2019 In response to the clip, Olivia's fans from all over the world offered up kind words in support. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Olivia Newton-John Address Death Rumors in Heartbreaking New Video," 3 Jan. 2019 Created in response to a militarily resurgent Russia, the DABS system is supposed to be up to 24 sets of equipment designed to allow the U.S. Air Force to fly from airfields across Europe. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Having Trouble With Its 'Base in a Box'," 2 Jan. 2019 The apology came in response to reporting from the Washington Post. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Reid Hoffman is learning an early rule of being a megadonor: It’s hard to keep track of your money," 26 Dec. 2018 In response to decades of economic shifts, the area has focused on supporting nimbler manufacturing firms, looking to attract an array of smaller companies. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 These new routes and airline updates are in response to a perfect storm of cultural and celebrity happenings which, over the last couple years, firmly reignited America’s infatuation with Tahiti. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Is Suddenly Traveling to Tahiti," 9 Nov. 2018 Ars asked Apple to comment for this post and received no response. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Four months after its debut, sneaky Mac malware went undetected by AV providers," 21 Dec. 2018 The man contacted Amazon about the mistake but at first got no response. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Alexa Sends Man 1,700 Recordings From a Stranger's House," 20 Dec. 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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