- to reply or answer in words: to respond briefly to a question.
- to make a return by some action as if in answer: to respond generously to a charity drive.
- to react favorably.
- Physiology. to exhibit some action or effect as if in answer; react: Nerves respond to a stimulus.
- to correspond (usually followed by to).
- Bridge. to make a response.
- to say in answer; reply.
Origin of respond
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1. rejoin. 2. rise, react, reply.
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Examples from the Web for respond
That kind of compassion might go a long way toward helping us begin to respond to a hurting world.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
The group did not respond to repeated requests for comment.The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
Democrats need to respond aggressively to the crony capitalism practiced by many Republicans, particularly regarding Wall Street.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
If you take too long to respond, people will just keep talking and your chance to speak is lost.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat
December 13, 2014
“Then they ask questions and they have time for children to be able to respond as well,” Folan added.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
Her heart had not yet received the inevitable summons to respond.Viviette
William J. Locke
I could never know—never come to her when she called, or respond to her spirit.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Amelia's heart did not respond; at that time, she had no reason for thinking she was fond of children.Tiverton Tales
His broker called for more margin; he could not respond and was sold out.The Greater Inclination
He is reminded of a toast—a toast to which they will respond.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- to state or utter (something) in reply
- (intr) to act in reply; reactto respond by issuing an invitation
- (intr foll by to) to react favourablythis patient will respond to treatment
- an archaic word for correspond
- architect a pilaster or an engaged column that supports an arch or a lintel
- Christianity a choral anthem chanted in response to a lesson read at a church service
C14: from Old French respondre, from Latin rēspondēre to return like for like, from re- + spondēre to pledge; see spouse, sponsor
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Word Origin and History for respond
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