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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. Michael Lohan:

    Today, on TMZ, my darling daughter Lindsay was asked for a comment in response to me saying, "Samantha is on drugs!" Lindsay’s only response was, 'look at him!'"I'm Not Obsessed: Michael Lohan Has A Lot to Say (December 27, 2008)7

  2. Petra Nemcova:

    There’s a big gap there between a natural disaster warning and its aftermath, and when first responders leave, many children can wait up to six, eight years to have a safe school … That’s why we developed Smart Response, which helps to address those immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. We want to build safe schools for children, but we also want to hear the needs of the community and try to help as much as possible. If you just do first response and don’t take any time to rebuild long-term for the community, it’s never going to heal properly … There’s first response, but there needs to be rebuilding long-term. That’s our goal. Petra Nemcova is aware first responders are crucial in delivering clean water, medicine and other supplies immediately after a natural disaster. However, she added long-term revitalization is just as important to ensure healing, all while empowering people to help support their community. And Petra Nemcova has zero plans to ever give up on those who can use some support, wherever they are.

  3. Alessio Fasano:

    CORONAVIRUS IN THE US : STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN The researchers found although children are less likely to get severely ill with the virus, they can easily spread it to vulnerable adults in their lives, especially if theyre in school. Roberta DeBiasi added that, based on other respiratory illnesses, children are known spreaders. The researchers also studied a rare infection that can result in heart problems fromthe childs immune response to the virus. This is a severe complication as a result of the immune response to COVID-19 infection, and the number of these patients is growing, and, as in adults with these very serious systemic complications, the heart seems to be the favorite organ targeted by post-COVID-19 immune response. She said the immune response complication should factor into vaccine production strategy. The researchers recommend wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing, a combination of in-person and remote learning and frequent testing if returning to school in the fall.

  4. Neda Gould:

    Anger is a form of stress, and so when we hold on to anger it is as though we are turning on the body's stress response, or fight or flight response, chronically. We know that turning on this response chronically leads to wear and tear on the body, it may not be surprising that when we engage in the act of forgiveness, we can begin to turn off the stress response and the physiological changes that accompany it.

  5. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.:

    Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits, values, expectations, dreams. The dialectic between past and future will continue to form our lives.

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