- a particular, detail, or point (usually preceded by in): to differ in some respect.
- relation or reference: inquiries with respect to a route.
- esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment.
- deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect's right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly.
- the condition of being esteemed or honored: to be held in respect.
- respects, a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, or friendship: Give my respects to your parents.
- favor or partiality.
- Archaic. a consideration.
- to hold in esteem or honor: I cannot respect a cheat.
- to show regard or consideration for: to respect someone's rights.
- to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with: to respect a person's privacy.
- to relate or have reference to.
- in respect of, in reference to; in regard to; concerning.
- in respect that, Archaic. because of; since.
- pay one's respects,
- to visit in order to welcome, greet, etc.: We paid our respects to the new neighbors.
- to express one's sympathy, especially to survivors following a death: We paid our respects to the family.
- with respect to, referring to; concerning: with respect to your latest request.
Origin of respect
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Examples from the Web for respected
These photographers are respected, indeed, but that is not in and of itself enough to provide insight about the city.A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
December 14, 2014
That is something all its previous owners and publishers understood and respected.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
Emily Kinney told me that Beth and Dawn understood and respected each other on a certain level.‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead
December 2, 2014
“I knew that he respected my ideas beyond measure, but I definitely was behind the scenes more,” Kalman writes in a later email.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
Evidence of the interest of this respected figure propelled Vieira on his quest.Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid
November 13, 2014
They all admired and respected her, and nobody doubted the reality of her adventures.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Still there was that in them which respected the mother's grief; they tried to shield her.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
He loved the woman, in spite of all; he respected her, even reverenced her.Within the Law
Rulers and officials of the government must be respected and honored.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
They should continue to live honoured and respected upon earth.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- an attitude of deference, admiration, or esteem; regard
- the state of being honoured or esteemed
- a detail, point, or characteristic; particularhe differs in some respects from his son
- reference or relation (esp in the phrases in respect of, with respect to)
- polite or kind regard; considerationrespect for people's feelings
- (often plural) an expression of esteem or regard (esp in the phrase pay one's respects)
- to have an attitude of esteem towards; show or have respect forto respect one's elders
- to pay proper attention to; not violateto respect Swiss neutrality
- to show consideration for; treat courteously or kindly
- archaic to concern or refer to
Word Origin and History for respected
late 14c., "relationship, relation; regard, consideration," from Old French respect and directly from Latin respectus "regard, a looking at," literally "act of looking back (or often) at one," noun use of past participle of respicere "look back at, regard, consider," from re- "back" (see re-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meanings "feeling of esteem excited by actions or attributes of someone or something; courteous or considerate treatment due to personal worth or power" are from 1580s, as is sense of "point, particular feature."
1540s, "to regard," from Middle French respecter "look back; respect; delay," from Latin respectere, frequentative of respicere (see respect (n.). Meaning "treat with deferential regard or esteem" is from 1550s. Sense of "refrain from injuring" is from 1620s. Meaning "have reference to" is from 1560s. Related: Respected; respecting.
To respect the person was "show undue bias toward (or against) based on regard for the outward circumstances of a person;" hence respecter of persons, usually with negative, from Acts x:34, in the 1611 translation.