What does response mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. responsenoun

    a result

    "this situation developed in response to events in Africa"

  2. reaction, responsenoun

    a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent

    "a bad reaction to the medicine"; "his responses have slowed with age"

  3. answer, reply, responsenoun

    a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation

    "I waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics"

  4. reception, responsenoun

    the manner in which something is greeted

    "she did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors"

  5. responsenoun

    a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister

  6. reply, responsenoun

    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

    "he growled his reply"

  7. responsenoun

    the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals


  1. responsenoun

    An answer or reply, or something in the nature of an answer or reply.

  2. responsenoun

    The act of responding or replying; reply: as, to speak in response to a question.

  3. responsenoun

    An oracular answer.

  4. responsenoun

    (liturgics) A verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in sequence or reply to the priest or officiant.

  5. responsenoun

    (liturgics) A versicle or anthem said or sung during or after a lection; a respond or responsory.

  6. responsenoun

    A reply to an objection in formal disputation.

  7. responsenoun

    An online advertising performance metric representing one click-through from an online ad to its destination URL

  8. Etymology: ultimately from the responsum, a nominal use of the neuter form of responsus, the perfect passive participle of respondeo, from re + spondeo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Responsenoun

    Etymology: responsum, Lat.

    Mere natural piety has taught men to receive the responses of the gods with all possible veneration. Gov. of the Tongue.

    The oracles, which had before flourished, began to droop, and from giving responses in verse, descended to prose, and within a while were utterly silenced. Henry Hammond.

    To make his parishioners kneel and join in the responses, he gave every one of them a hassock and common prayer book. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 112.

    Let the respondent not turn opponent; except in retorting the argument upon his adversary after a direct response; and even this is allowed only as a confirmation of his own response. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.


  1. response

    A response is a reaction or reply to a stimulus or situation. In general, it can refer to both non-verbal and verbal reactions, and can be immediate or delayed. Responses can be physiological, such as a reflex, emotional, such as feeling happy or sad, or behavioral, such as a decision or action taken. It can also refer to the output of a system or device in reaction to a specific input or command.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Responsenoun

    the act of responding

  2. Responsenoun

    an answer or reply

  3. Responsenoun

    reply to an objection in formal disputation

  4. Responsenoun

    the answer of the people or congregation to the priest or clergyman, in the litany and other parts of divine service

  5. Responsenoun

    a kind of anthem sung after the lessons of matins and some other parts of the office

  6. Responsenoun

    a repetition of the given subject in a fugue by another part on the fifth above or fourth below

  7. Etymology: [OF. response, respons, F. rponse, from L. responsum, from respondere. See Respond.]

Editors Contribution

  1. response

    An accurate, perfect, efficient and effective reply to a form of communication.

    The gave a response to the social media message and said they are delighted to attend the wedding.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'response' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #991

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'response' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1548

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'response' in Nouns Frequency: #348

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of response in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of response in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of response in a Sentence

  1. Eric Schmidt:

    It gets the fear response going.

  2. Joseph Yun:

    We don't know enough to say one way or the other. My own guess is it's too early to think that this is a response to happen in Hanoi.

  3. Matthew Kasson:

    Viruses have this way of suppressing the immune response, and some of the drugs we’re using to combat the viruses are also having an effect where they’re making it easier for fungi to invade.

  4. Barack Obama:

    We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic, we don't make good decisions if it's based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.

  5. Chief Privacy Officer Damien Kieran:

    The idea that the number of incidents that our detection and response team investigates is some indicator of bad or negative impact at Twitter is just false.

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