verb (used with object)
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Idioms for respect
- 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.
Origin of respect
synonym study for respect
historical usage of respect
The meaning “esteem for a person, thing, or quality” first appeared in 1526; the corresponding verb meaning “to hold in esteem” is first recorded in 1583. The prepositional phrase with respect to “referring to; concerning” dates to the mid-16th century. The plural noun respects “a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, or friendship” dates to the first half of the 17th century; the phrase to pay one’s respects “to make a visit in order to welcome, greet, etc., or to express one's sympathy, especially after a death” dates to the middle of the 17th century.
OTHER WORDS FROM respectqua·si-re·spect·ed, adjectiveun·der·re·spect·ed, adjectiveun·re·spect·ed, adjectivewell-re·spect·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for respect
Fraternities are almost as old as the United States and they are, in some respects, synonymous with it.
But she respects grit and determination, in allies and opponents alike.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable|Joshua DuBois|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Sunday one of its halls teemed with activists, some of them former political prisoners, paying their respects.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives|Joshua Carroll|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now to compare ISIS radicals and Ferguson looters is not to say that they are the same in all respects.Dinesh D’Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS|Olivia Nuzzi|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Earlier that day one of the visitors payer her respects at the Kucherenko house could not stop crying.“Bring Our Boys Home!” Say the Wives of Ukraine’s Soldiers|Anna Nemtsova|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, we are already sufficiently acquainted with his sentiments in these respects.The Life of Philip Melanchthon|Karl Friedrich Ledderhose
I have chosen Johansen to be my companion, and he is in all respects well qualified for that work.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
To that I would qualify, provided an opportunity were given me to make sure that she is, in all respects, as other vessels are.The Red Rover|James Fenimore Cooper
But occasional acts of drunkenness, if the seaman in other respects performs his duty, will not deprive him of his wages.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
On the other hand the problem has in some respects become easier since the time of Bentham.
British Dictionary definitions for respect
Word Origin for respect
Idioms and Phrases with respect
see in regard (respect) to; pay a call (one's respects); with all due respect.