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[ ri-spekt ]


  1. a particular, detail, or point (usually preceded by in ):

    to differ in some respect.

    Synonyms: matter, feature, regard

  2. relation or reference:

    inquiries with respect to a route.

    Synonyms: connection, regard

  3. 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.

    Synonyms: honor, homage, reverence, estimation

  4. 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.

  5. the condition of being esteemed or honored:

    to be held in respect.

  6. respects, a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, or friendship:

    Give my respects to your parents.

  7. favor or partiality.

    Synonyms: preference, bias

  8. Archaic. a consideration.

verb (used with object)

  1. to hold in esteem or honor:

    I cannot respect a cheat.

    Synonyms: admire, consider, venerate, revere

  2. to show regard or consideration for:

    to respect someone's rights.

    Synonyms: heed

  3. to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with:

    to respect a person's privacy.

  4. to relate or have reference to.


/ rɪˈspɛkt /


  1. an attitude of deference, admiration, or esteem; regard
  2. the state of being honoured or esteemed
  3. a detail, point, or characteristic; particular

    he differs in some respects from his son

  4. reference or relation (esp in the phrases in respect of , with respect to )
  5. polite or kind regard; consideration

    respect for people's feelings

  6. often plural an expression of esteem or regard (esp in the phrase pay one's respects )


  1. to have an attitude of esteem towards; show or have respect for

    to respect one's elders

  2. to pay proper attention to; not violate

    to respect Swiss neutrality

  3. to show consideration for; treat courteously or kindly
  4. archaic.
    to concern or refer to

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Other Words From

  • quasi-re·spected adjective
  • under·re·spected adjective
  • unre·spected adjective
  • well-re·spected adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of respect1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English noun from Old French or directly from Latin respectus “action of looking back, consideration, regard,” equivalent to respec-, variant stem of respicere “to look back” ( re- “back” + specere “to look”) + -tus suffix of verbal action; verb from Latin respectus, past participle of respicere; re-

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Word History and Origins

Origin of respect1

C14: from Latin rēspicere to look back, pay attention to, from re- + specere to look

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. in respect of, in reference to; in regard to; concerning.
  2. in respect that, Archaic. because of; since.
  3. pay one's respects,
    1. to visit in order to welcome, greet, etc.:

      We paid our respects to the new neighbors.

    2. to express one's sympathy, especially to survivors following a death:

      We paid our respects to the family.

  4. with respect to, referring to; concerning:

    with respect to your latest request.

More idioms and phrases containing respect

see in regard (respect) to ; pay a call (one's respects) ; with all due respect .

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

PBCs have an affirmative duty to be good corporate citizens and to treat all stakeholders with respect.

From Fortune

He is known to lower his eyes in Putin’s presence, out of respect.

From Ozy

Anthony Mallott said his father continued to express respect for Potts up until his death.

In many respects, this new bill seems to seek not to combat fake news but, rather, to control users.

So in that respect, what the aforementioned companies are doing is nothing new.

From Digiday

If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people.

With all due respect to his athletic skill, Gronkowski is not high on the list of NFL players that elicit carnal thoughts.

Yazbek tells The Daily Beast that the traffickers guarantee their service, and they treat the Syrian refugees with respect.

They stood in a single row, united by solemn respect as the Liu family remained inside.

You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.

It is, however, true, that in this respect the German hexametrist has a considerable advantage over the English.

Very charmingly is this respect for rule exhibited in all dealings with animals, also dolls and other pets.

Great had been her indignation at the want of respect shown to the Reverend John Dodd's cloth.

The house was but a single story high, but in this respect the king's palace itself was no better.

The French Railroads are better in this respect, and the American cannot be worse, though the fault is not unknown there.


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