• IPA: /ɹɪˈspɛkt/


  1. (uncountable) an attitude of consideration or high regard#Noun|regard
    He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him.
    We do respect people for their dignity and worth.
    Synonyms: deference, esteem, consideration, regard, fealty, reverence, aught
  2. (uncountable) good opinion, honor, or admiration
    Synonyms: admiration, esteem, reverence, regard, recognition, veneration, honor
  3. (uncountable, always plural) Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
    The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.
  4. (countable) a particular aspect, feature or detail of something
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 36:
      In our two loves there is but one respect
    This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects.
    Synonyms: aspect, dimension, face, facet, side
  5. Good will; favor
    • 1611, King James Version, Exodus 2:25:
      And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.
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respect (respects, present participle respecting; past and past participle respected)

  1. To have respect for.
    She is an intellectual giant, and I respect her greatly.
  2. To have regard for something, to observe a custom, practice, rule or right.
    I respect your right to hold that belief, although I think it is nonsense.
  3. To abide by an agreement.
    They failed to respect the treaty they had signed, and invaded.
  4. To take notice of; to regard as worthy of special consideration; to heed.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis
      We have also large and various orchards and gardens, wherein we do not so much respect beauty, as variety of ground an soil, proper for diverse trees and herbs
  5. (transitive, dated except in "respecting") To relate to; to be concerned with.
    • Glandulation respects the secretory vessels, which are either glandules, follicles, or utricles.
  6. (obsolete) To regard; to consider; to deem.
    • RQ
      To whom my father gave this name of Gassieur Onion, / And as his own respected him to death.
  7. (obsolete) To look toward; to face.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, chapter 7, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths, London: Printed for Tho. Harper for Edvvard Dod, OCLC 838860010 ↗; Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths. […], 2nd corrected and much enlarged edition, London: Printed by A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath. Ekins, […], 1650, OCLC 152706203 ↗, (please specify ):
      Palladius adviseth, the front of his edifice should so respect the South […]
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