respect

noun
re·​spect | \ ri-ˈspekt How to pronounce respect (audio) \

Definition of respect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation remarks having respect to an earlier plan
2 : an act of giving particular attention : consideration
3a : high or special regard : esteem
b : the quality or state of being esteemed
c respects plural : expressions of high or special regard or deference paid our respects
4 : particular, detail a good plan in some respects
in respect of
chiefly British : with respect to : concerning
in respect to
: with respect to : concerning
with respect to
: with reference to : in relation to

respect

verb
re·​spect | \ ri-ˈspekt How to pronounce respect (audio) \
respected; respecting; respects

Definition of respect (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to consider worthy of high regard : esteem
b : to refrain from interfering with please respect their privacy
2 : to have reference to : concern

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Other Words from respect

Verb

respecter noun

Synonyms for respect

Synonyms: Noun

reference, regard

Synonyms: Verb

admire, appreciate, consider, esteem, regard

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Verb

regard, respect, esteem, admire mean to recognize the worth of a person or thing. regard is a general term that is usually qualified. he is highly regarded in the profession respect implies a considered evaluation or estimation. after many years they came to respect her views esteem implies greater warmth of feeling accompanying a high valuation. no citizen of the town was more highly esteemed admire suggests usually enthusiastic appreciation and often deep affection. a friend that I truly admire

Examples of respect in a Sentence

Noun

The earth's crust floats over a core of molten rock and some of its parts have a tendency to move with respect to one another. — Mario Salvadori, Why Buildings Stand Up, 1990 Anyway any honor sent through the mail and cashable is about the only kind I got any great respect for … — Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being, 1979 Our ragged hero wasn't a model boy in all respects. I am afraid he swore sometimes, and now and then he played tricks upon unsophisticated boys from the country, or gave a wrong direction to honest old gentlemen unused to the city. — Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick, 1868 The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice. It looked good-natured, she thought: still it had VERY long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt that it ought to be treated with respect. — Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865 He has earned their respect. The soldier saluted as a sign of respect. Despite our differences, I have enormous respect for him. I have a great respect for his accomplishments. I expect to be treated with respect. Your theory makes sense in one respect.

Verb

Many other critics respect her work, but marginalize her as "the best Polish woman artist" or "the best woman artist of Eastern Europe." — Andrew Solomon, New York Times Book Review, 21 Aug. 1994 He had a weak point—this Fortunato—although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. — Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado, 1846 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … The Constitiution of the United States of America The students respect the principal for his honesty. I respect what she has accomplished. You must learn to respect other people's property. We need to respect the environment.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That is, with respect to Epstein, the agreement was meant to encompass all instances of the offenses described, even if the investigation had not yet identified all potential conspirators and victims. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Acosta’s Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein’s SDNY Prosecution," 13 July 2019 This is particularly relevant with respect to Gottfried and Early, who are key witnesses and who the school fired two years ago. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Severe Penalties NC State Could Face for Recruiting Allegations Involving Dennis Smith Jr.," 11 July 2019 Mercury News Comment Policy Treat everyone with respect: No personal attacks or name-calling, no rude language. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Nintendo announces $199 Switch Lite handheld video game system," 10 July 2019 Secondly, the statute requires the MLC to undertake a number of duties with respect to unclaimed royalties. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Why The U.S. Copyright Office Chose The Mechanical Licensing Collective," 5 July 2019 The lists won’t ever change, though, except in the case of an especially destructive storm — those names are retired out of respect. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "Hurricanes: How These Destructive Storms Form, and Why They Get So Strong," 26 June 2019 The chapel in the rural town of San Manuel couldn’t accommodate the number of people who showed up to pay their respects. Mark Olalde, AZCentral.com, "Backup cameras would save miners' lives. So why are mines fighting against using them?," 26 June 2019 There are many inventions in this modern era that deserve our respect, adoration, and credit card numbers, but none are as utterly silly and wonderful as the inflatable flamingo drink holder. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Summer’s Hottest Accessory Is... an Inflatable Drink Holder?," 24 June 2019 That suits Mr Xi, whose greatest worry with respect to his small neighbour is unpredictability. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un entertains Xi Jinping at home," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The septet — which is made up of members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — debuted in 2013, and in 2019, hundreds of millions of people already respect them. Aamina Khan, Teen Vogue, "Criticism of BTS Is Often Just Xenophobia in Disguise," 24 June 2019 Understand where your significant other is coming from and respect his or her view. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 18 June 2019 There is no point in some states taking action if others do not bother, or if the federal government cannot get its act together, because energy markets do not respect state boundaries. The Economist, "America is not such a laggard on climate change as it seems," 28 June 2019 Some asked not to be contacted, so the board chose to respect their privacy, except when called out directly on social media. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "What Happened at the SHIFT Festival?," 25 June 2019 Michael is widely respected for his creativity, integrity, wit and passion. Carol Leblanc, Smithsonian, "Michael Caruso Steps Down as Editor in Chief of Smithsonian Magazine," 25 June 2019 Rare move Abdel Aziz’s decision to respect term limits and step down from office is uncommon among African strongmen rulers, especially those who came into power through coups. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Mauritania is set for its first ever peaceful transfer of power since independence," 24 June 2019 Instead of each camp championing its own view and demolishing others, researchers will collaborate and agree to publish in advance how discriminating experiments might be conducted — and then respect the outcomes. Quanta Magazine, "Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas," 6 Mar. 2019 When visiting Terry Hershey Park, the public is encouraged to enjoy all open sections, to respect warning signs and trail closures and to avoid construction equipment. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Flood Control District project under way in west Houston," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of respect

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for respect

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Latin respectus, literally, act of looking back, from respicere to look back, regard, from re- + specere to look — more at spy

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respect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of respect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way
: a particular way of thinking about or looking at something

respect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of respect (Entry 2 of 2)

: to feel admiration for (someone or something) : to regard (someone or something) as being worthy of admiration because of good qualities
: to act in a way which shows that you are aware of (someone's rights, wishes, etc.)
: to treat or deal with (something that is good or valuable) in a proper way

respect

noun
re·​spect | \ ri-ˈspekt How to pronounce respect (audio) \

Kids Definition of respect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : high or special regard : esteem
2 : thoughtfulness or consideration “Of course, we would wait the appropriate amount of time out of respect for my brother.”— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
3 respects plural : an expression of regard or courtesy pay my respects
4 : detail entry 1 sense 2 Our trip was perfect in all respects.
5 : relation to or concern with something specified I'm writing with respect to your ad.

respect

verb
respected; respecting

Kids Definition of respect (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to consider worthy of high regard : esteem
2 : to pay attention to We respected their wishes.

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