Definitions for RESPECTrɪˈspɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. particular; detail; point:

    to differ in some respect.

  2. relation; reference:

    inquiries with respect to a route.

  3. esteem; admiration:

    I have great respect for her judgment.

  4. proper acceptance or courtesy:

    respect for the flag; respect for the elderly.

  5. the condition of being esteemed or honored:

    to be held in respect.

  6. respects, a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, friendship, or sympathy:

    Give my respects to your parents.

  7. (v.t.)to hold in esteem or honor.

  8. to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with:

    to respect a person's privacy.

  9. to relate or have reference to.

Idioms for respect:

  1. in respect of,in reference to; concerning.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of respect:

1300–50; (n.) (< OF) < L respectus looking back, regard <respec-, var. s. of respicere to look back (re-re - +-spicere to look)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. respect, regard(noun)

    (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point

    "it differs in that respect"

  2. esteem, regard, respect(noun)

    the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)

    "it is held in esteem"; "a man who has earned high regard"

  3. respect, esteem, regard(noun)

    an attitude of admiration or esteem

    "she lost all respect for him"

  4. deference, respect(noun)

    a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard

    "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean"

  5. obedience, respect(noun)

    behavior intended to please your parents

    "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"

  6. regard, respect(noun)

    a feeling of friendship and esteem

    "she mistook his manly regard for love"; "he inspires respect"

  7. deference, respect, respectfulness(verb)

    courteous regard for people's feelings

    "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"

  8. respect, esteem, value, prize, prise(verb)

    regard highly; think much of

    "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity"

  9. respect, honor, honour, abide by, observe(verb)

    show respect towards

    "honor your parents!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. respect(noun)ɪˈspɛkt

    polite or good behavior toward sb or sth that shows you recognize their importance

    He has great respect for his parents.; Young people should show more respect for the elderly.

  2. respectɪˈspɛkt

    admiration for sb because of sth impressive they have done

    She has a lot of respect for him, seeing the way he's coped.; I respect her determination to succeed.

  3. respectɪˈspɛkt

    in this way/in many ways

    We are, in many respects, happy with the amount of progress.

  4. respectɪˈspɛkt

    used to show respect before disagreeing with the person you are talking to

    With all due respect, the numbers you quoted are completely inaccurate.

  5. respectɪˈspɛkt

    in relation to; = regarding

    There was some confusion with respect to who would lead the project.

  6. respect(verb)ɪˈspɛkt

    to treat sb or sth well to show you admire them or believe they are important

    We should respect other people's beliefs.; Respect the environment - pick up litter.; I respect her for managing so well as a single parent.

  7. respectɪˈspɛkt

    to not break a law or rule

    We must respect the citizen's right to a fair trial.


  1. respect(Noun)

    an attitude of consideration or high regard

  2. respect(Noun)

    good opinion, honor, or admiration

  3. respect(Noun)

    Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.

    The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.

  4. respect(Noun)

    a particular aspect of something

    This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects.

  5. respect(Verb)

    to have respect for.

    She is an intellectual giant, and I respect her greatly.

  6. respect(Verb)

    to have regard for something, to observe a custom, practice, rule or right

    I respect your right to hold this belief although I think it is nonsense.

  7. respect(Verb)

    to abide by an agreement.

    They failed to respect the treaty they had signed, and invaded.

  8. respect(Verb)

    To relate to; to be concerned with.

    Glandulation respects the secretory vessels, which are either glandules, follicles, or utricles. uE00084312uE001 J. Lee.

  9. respect(Interjection)

    hello, hi

  10. Origin: From respectus, perfect passive participle of respicio, from re- + specio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Respect(verb)

    to take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed

  2. Respect(verb)

    to consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor

  3. Respect(verb)

    to look toward; to front upon or toward

  4. Respect(verb)

    to regard; to consider; to deem

  5. Respect(verb)

    to have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to; as, the treaty particularly respects our commerce

  6. Respect

    the act of noticing with attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care; caution

  7. Respect

    esteem; regard; consideration; honor

  8. Respect

    an expression of respect of deference; regards; as, to send one's respects to another

  9. Respect

    reputation; repute

  10. Respect

    relation; reference; regard

  11. Respect

    particular; point regarded; point of view; as, in this respect; in any respect; in all respects

  12. Respect

    consideration; motive; interest


  1. Respect

    Respect is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity, and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected. It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect. Rude conduct is usually considered to indicate a lack of respect, disrespect, where as actions that honor somebody or something indicate respect. Specific ethics of respect are of fundamental importance to various cultures. Respect for tradition and legitimate authority is identified by Jonathan Haidt, a professor at the University of New York Sten School of Business, as one of five fundamental moral values shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals. Respect is both given and received. We expect other people to respect us in return for the respect we show them. Respect is also something that is earned by the standards of the particular society in which one lives. Respect cannot be measured as a quantity, cannot be bought or traded, it is one of those things that is earned and built over time, but that can be lost with one stupid or inconsiderate act. One can ask or beg for respect, but only others can bestow us with respect as a result of their perceived treatment by us. Continued caring interactions are then required to maintain or increase that original earned respect. Respect cannot always be seen or observed by actions, but for those who practice chivalry, the outward display of respect is refreshing. Some women view this as patronizing and demeaning, but in its pure form chivalry is about nearly absolute respect.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RESPECT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2143

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RESPECT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2052

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RESPECT' in Nouns Frequency: #729

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RESPECT' in Verbs Frequency: #748

Anagrams of RESPECT

  1. scepter, sceptre, specter, spectre

Translations for RESPECT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


admiration; good opinion

He is held in great respect by everyone; He has no respect for politicians.

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