regarding; concerning.

Nearby words

  1. respectant,
  2. respected,
  3. respecter,
  4. respectful,
  5. respectfully,
  6. respective,
  7. respectively,
  8. respects,
  9. respell,
  10. respighi

Origin of respecting

First recorded in 1725–35; respect + -ing2




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.

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

Related formsqua·si-re·spect·ed, adjectiveun·der·re·spect·ed, adjectiveun·re·spect·ed, adjectivewell-re·spect·ed, adjective

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for respecting



concerning; regarding



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)

verb (tr)

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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Word Origin and History for respecting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with respecting


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

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