Definition of response
1 : an act of responding
2 : something constituting a reply or a reaction: such asa : a verse, phrase, or word sung or said by the people or choir after or in reply to the officiant in a liturgical serviceb : the activity or inhibition of previous activity of an organism or any of its parts resulting from stimulationc : the output of a transducer or detecting device resulting from a given input
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?
Recent Examples of response from the Web
And here's Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's tortured response this weekend when asked if Clinton running for president again would be good for the party.
The response was fast and furious over the decay of the landmark.
First step is the Trump administration’s fail-safe response to embarrassment: untruth.
In response to Morgan’s complaint, Chopp, the leader of the Democratic House, wound up agreeing to pay about $1,700 in fines.
TriMet video and cellphone video taken by passengers showed Christian then make a sudden move in the direction of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, who stood up in response, according to police.
The third incident involving cyanide solution in two years triggered threats from authorities to rescind its license and prompted company officials, including Executive Chairman John Thornton, to travel to Argentina to oversee the response.
Two other resolutions have been drafted in response to the Rainey case: one that asks Miami-Dade’s mayor to authorize an independent review of Rainey’s autopsy and another that asks for funding for a county civilian law enforcement oversight panel.
At the N.I.H., the Fogarty International Center, a small program that in part trains foreign leaders in pandemic response, would be eliminated.
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Origin and Etymology of response
Middle English & Latin; Middle English respounce, from Anglo-French respuns, respounce, from Latin responsum reply, from neuter of responsus, past participle of respondēre
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of response
RESPONSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of response for English Language Learners
: something that is said or written as a reply to something
: something that is done as a reaction to something else
RESPONSE Defined for Kids
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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