- 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 respect
Yazbek tells The Daily Beast that the traffickers guarantee their service, and they treat the Syrian refugees with respect.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
We are committed to the community, dedicated to progress, and policing with respect.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
No one expects her to be Elizabeth Warren, but everyone expects Clinton to hear and respect Warren.The Most Powerful Democrat in America
December 15, 2014
Everyone is entitled to be treated with basic decency and respect.The GOP’s Hidden Ban on Prison Abortions
December 13, 2014
He early ascertained his limitations with respect to New York and its people.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then we wonder that respect for the law shows a sensible decrease!
To make it such is in every respect the reverse of scientific.
She is so capable and the girls not only like her but respect her as well.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Peace can be contributed to by respect for our ability in defense.
- 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 respect
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.