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Princeton's WordNet

  1. respect, regardnoun

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

    "it differs in that respect"

  2. esteem, regard, respectnoun

    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, regardnoun

    an attitude of admiration or esteem

    "she lost all respect for him"

  4. deference, respectnoun

    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, respectnoun

    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, respectnoun

    a feeling of friendship and esteem

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

  7. deference, respect, respectfulnessverb

    courteous regard for people's feelings

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

  8. respect, esteem, value, prize, priseverb

    regard highly; think much of

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

  9. respect, honor, honour, abide by, observeverb

    show respect towards

    "honor your parents!"


  1. respectnoun

    an attitude of consideration or high regard

  2. respectnoun

    good opinion, honor, or admiration

  3. respectnoun

    Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.

    The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.

  4. respectnoun

    a particular aspect of something

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

  5. respectverb

    to have respect for.

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

  6. respectverb

    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. respectverb

    to abide by an agreement.

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

  8. respectverb

    To relate to; to be concerned with.

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

  9. respectinterjection

    hello, hi

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Respectnoun

    Etymology: respect, Fr. respectus, Lat.

    You have too much respect upon the world;
    They lose it, that do buy it with much care. William Shakespeare.

    I love
    My country’s good with a respect more tender
    Than mine own life. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    You know me dutiful, therefore
    Let me not shame respect; but give me leave
    To take that course by your consent and voice. William Shakespeare.

    Æneas must be drawn a suppliant to Dido, with respect in his gestures, and humility in his eyes. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    I found the king abandon’d to neglect;
    Seen without awe, and serv’d without respect. Matthew Prior.

    He, that will have his son have a respect for him, must have a great reverence for his son. John Locke.

    Pembroke has got
    A thousand pounds a year, for pure respect;
    No other obligation?
    That promises more thousands. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering. Gen. iv.

    It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. Prov.

    Many of the best respect in Rome,
    Groaning under this age’s yoke,
    Have wish’d, that noble Brutus had his eyes. William Shakespeare.

    You must use them with fit respects, according to the bonds of nature; but you are of kin to their persons, not errors. Francis Bacon.

    The duke’s carriage was to the gentlemen of fair respect, and bountiful to the soldier, according to any special value which he spied in any. Henry Wotton, Buckingham.

    Whatsoever secret respects were likely to move them, for contenting of their minds, Calvin returned. Richard Hooker.

    The love of him, and this respect beside;
    For that my grandsire was an Englishman,
    Awakes my conscience to confess all this. William Shakespeare.

    Since that respects of fortune are his love,
    I shall not be his wife. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    In respect of the suitors which attend you, do them what right in justice, and with as much speed as you may. Francis Bacon.

    I have represented to you the excellency of the christian religion, in respect of its clear discoveries of the nature of God, and in respect of the perfection of its laws. John Tillotson.

    Every thing which is imperfect, as the world must be acknowledged in many respects, had some cause which produced it. John Tillotson.

    They believed but one supreme deity, which, with respect to the various benefits men received from him, had several titles. John Tillotson.

  2. To RESPECTverb

    Etymology: respectus, Lat.

    Claudio, I quake,
    Lest thou should’st seven winters more respect
    Than a perpetual honour. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Meas.

    In orchards and gardens we do not so much respect beauty, as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs. Francis Bacon.

    There is nothing more terrible to a guilty heart, than the eye of a respected friend. Philip Sidney.

    Whoever tastes, let him with grateful heart
    Respect that ancient loyal house. Philips.

    I always loved and respected Sir William. Jonathan Swift, to Gay.

    The needle doth vary, as it approacheth the pole; whereas, were there such direction from the rocks, upon a nearer approachment, it would more directly respect them. Brown.

    Palladius adviseth, the front of his house should so respect the South, that in the first angle it receive the rising rays of the winter sun, and decline a little from the winter setting thereof. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. Respect

    Respect, also called esteem, is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something considered important or held in high esteem or regard. It conveys a sense of admiration for good or valuable qualities. It is also the process of honoring someone by exhibiting care, concern, or consideration for their needs or feelings.Some people may earn the respect of individuals by assisting others or by playing important social roles. In many cultures, individuals are considered to be worthy of respect until they prove otherwise. Courtesies that show respect may include simple words and phrases like "Thank you" in the West or "Namaste" in the Indian subcontinent, or simple physical signs like a slight bow, a smile, direct eye contact, or a simple handshake; however, those acts may have very different interpretations, depending on the cultural context.


  1. respect

    Respect is a positive regard or admiration for someone or something based on their qualities, achievements, or status. It involves treating others with kindness, understanding, and consideration, while honoring their rights, opinions, and boundaries. Respect can also include showing deference, politeness, and dignity towards oneself and others. It is a fundamental aspect of healthy relationships, promoting harmony, cooperation, and empathy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Respectverb

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

  2. Respectverb

    to consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor

  3. Respectverb

    to look toward; to front upon or toward

  4. Respectverb

    to regard; to consider; to deem

  5. Respectverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Respect

    rē-spekt′, v.t. to esteem for merit: to honour: to relate to: to regard unduly: to heed.—n. act of esteeming highly: regard: expression of esteem: deportment arising from esteem: relation: reference: point of view, any particular: (B.) good-will, also undue regard: partiality: reflection: decency: reputation.—n. Respectabil′ity, state or quality of being respectable.—adj. Respec′table, worthy of respect or regard: moderate in excellence or number: not mean or despicable: reputable: moderately well-to-do.—n. Respec′tableness.—adv. Respec′tably, moderately: pretty well.—adj. Respec′tant (her.), facing one another—said of figures of animals.—n. Respec′ter.—adj. Respect′ful, full of respect: marked by civility.—adv. Respect′fully.—n. Respect′fulness.—prep. Respec′ting, regarding: considering.—n. Respec′tion, respect.—adj. Respec′tive, having respect or reference to: relative: relating to a particular person or thing: particular.—adv. Respec′tively.—ns. Respec′tiveness; Respec′tivist (obs.), a captious critic.—adjs. Respect′less, regardless; Respec′tūous (obs.), causing respect: respectful.—Have respect of persons, unduly to favour certain persons, as for their wealth, &c.; In respect of, in comparison with; With respect to, with regard to. [O. Fr.,—L. respicĕre, respectumre-, back, specĕre, to look.]

Editors Contribution

  1. respect

    To see the beauty, truth and worth of a soul, animal or human being.

    They demonstrated such respect for all, it was so clear the love went beyond human words at times.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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

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

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

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

Anagrams for respect »

  1. scepter

  2. sceptre

  3. specter

  4. spectre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of respect in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of respect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of respect in a Sentence

  1. anonymous:

    What people respect is one thing, what people envy is the other. What people respect they do not always want to do, be or have. If, then, you want to be respected, and respect yourself, you sometimes need to do more than you want to.

  2. Willie Jefferson:

    Shaming isn't bad for children if it teaches respect, it taught me respect, it taught my parents respect, it taught my grandparents and great grandparents respect, and that's what I’m going to stick with.

  3. Robert H Bork:

    No church that panders to the zeitgeist deserves respect, and very shortly it will not get respect, except from those who find it politically useful, and that is less respect than disguised contempt.

  4. Fyodor Dostoevsky:

    If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.

  5. U Thant:

    Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.

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either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
  • A. commensal
  • B. sesquipedalian
  • C. irascible
  • D. naiant

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