[ ri-spekt ]
/ rɪˈspɛkt /
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Idioms for respect
in respect of, in reference to; in regard to; concerning.
in respect that, Archaic. because of; since.
- 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.
pay one's respects,
with respect to, referring to; concerning: with respect to your latest request.
Origin of respect
1300–50; (noun) Middle English (< Old French) < Latin respectus action of looking back, consideration, regard, equivalent to respec-, variant stem of respicere to look back (re- re- + specere to look) + -tus suffix of v. action; (v.) < Latin respectus past participle of respicere
synonym study for respect
3. Respect, esteem, veneration imply recognition of personal qualities by approbation, deference, and more or less affection. Respect is commonly the result of admiration and approbation, together with deference: to feel respect for a great scholar. Esteem is deference combined with admiration and often with affection: to hold a friend in great esteem. Veneration is an almost religious attitude of deep respect, reverence, and love, such as we feel for persons or things of outstanding superiority, endeared by long association: veneration for one's grandparents, for noble traditions.
OTHER WORDS FROM respectqua·si-re·spect·ed, adjectiveun·der·re·spect·ed, adjectiveun·re·spect·ed, adjectivewell-re·spect·ed, adjective
Words nearby respect
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British Dictionary definitions for pay one's respects
/ (rɪˈspɛkt) /
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 for respect
C14: from Latin rēspicere to look back, pay attention to, from re- + specere to look
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Idioms and Phrases with pay one's respects (1 of 2)
pay one's respects
see pay a call.
Idioms and Phrases with pay one's respects (2 of 2)
see in regard (respect) to; pay a call (one's respects); with all due respect.
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