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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Biden’s statement in response to Flores’s and Lappos’s allegations seems to attempt to clarify intent. Casey Quinlan, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Flores and Amy Lappos Speaking Out About Joe Biden’s Alleged Inappropriate Touching Matters," 3 Apr. 2019 The palace has even issued stronger guidelines for commenters on their own channels, likely in response to some of the online hate. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Hashtag in Honor of Meghan Markle's Royal Baby Is Raising Money for Great Causes," 31 Mar. 2019 Construction on this Empire State Building and its proclaimed 1,000-foot target, selected in response to the two rising towers, wouldn’t start until the other buildings were close to topping out. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Ordinary people are extraordinarily generous in response to tragedies like this one. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Contact dermatitis often crops up in response to products like soap, lotion, and makeup, Dr. Robinson says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 In response to the backlash, the brand posted a long apology on its Instagram page. Alyssa Hardy, Allure, "Bellami Hair Just Apologized to Jordyn Woods For Posting a Meme About Her "Bad Hair"," 14 Mar. 2019 Clarke also thanked her fans and followers for the widespread responses to her experience. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lena Headey Supports Game of Thrones Co-Star Emilia Clarke After She Opened Up About Her Brain Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019 The best responses will be published that night. ... WSJ, "Can We Listen to Michael Jackson and R. Kelly the Same Way Again?," 19 Mar. 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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