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Meaning of respect by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin respectus ( “respect, regard” ), perfect passive participle of respiciō ( “look at, look back upon, respect” ), from re- ( “back” ) + speciō ( “look at” ) .


    • IPA: /ɹɪˈspɛkt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkt
    • Hyphenation: re‧spect


    respect ( countable and uncountable; plural: respects )

    1. ( uncountable ) an attitude of consideration or high regard
      He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him .
      Syngman Rhee kept imprisoned the Dowager Queen Yun Empress Sunjeong of the Korean Empire for fear of the respect the people held for her .
    2. ( uncountable ) good opinion, honor, or admiration
    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 of something
      This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects .


    • ( attitude of consideration ): deference, consideration, regard, fealty
    • ( good opinion ): admiration, esteem, reverence, regard, recognition, veneration, honor
    • ( polite greetings, condolences ):
    • ( aspect ): aspect, facet, face, side, dimension


    respect ( third-person singular simple present respects present participle respecting, simple 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 this 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. ( transitive, dated except in "respecting" ) To relate to; to be concerned with .
      Glandulation respects the secretory vessels, which are either glandules, follicles, or utricles. — J. Lee .




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    External links

    • respect in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • respect in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of respect by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. regard highly

    2. I respect his judgement
    3. show respect towards

    1. behavior intended to please your parents

    2. he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes
    3. a courteous expression ( by word or deed ) of esteem or regard

    4. be sure to give my respects to the dean
    5. courteous regard for people's feelings

    6. out of respect for his privacy
    7. a detail or point

    8. it differs in that respect
    9. an attitude of admiration or esteem

    10. she lost all respect for him
    11. a feeling of friendship and esteem

    12. he inspires respect
    13. the condition of being honored ( esteemed or respected or well regarded )

    Definition of respect by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Respect ( r?sp?kt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Respected; p. pr. & vb. n. Respecting.] [L. respectare, v. intens. from respicere, respectum, to look back, respect; pref. re- re- + specere, spicere, to look, to view: cf. F. respecter. See Spy, and cf. Respite.]
      1. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.

      Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood. Shak.

      In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs. Bacon.

      2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor. “I do respect thee as my soul.” Shak.

      3. To look toward; to front upon or toward. [Obs.]

      Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so respect the uth. Sir T. Browne.

      4. To regard; to consider; to deem. [Obs.]

      To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar,

      And as his own respected him to death. B. Jonson.

      5. To have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to; as, “the treaty particularly respects our commerce”.

      As respects, as regards; with regard to; as to. Macaulay. -- To respect the person or To respect the persons, to favor a person, or persons on corrupt grounds; to show partiality. “Ye shall not respect persons in judgment.” Deut. i. 17.

      Syn. -- To regard; esteem; honor; revere; venerate.

    2. Respect, n. [L. respectus: cf. F. respect. See Respect, v., and cf. Respite.]
      1. The act of noticing with attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care; caution.

      But he it well did ward with wise respect. Spenser.

      2. Esteem; regard; consideration; honor.

      Seen without awe, and served without respect. Prior.

      The same men treat the Lord's Day with as little respect. R. Nelson.

      3. pl. An expression of respect of deference; regards; as, “to send one's respects to another”.

      4. Reputation; repute. [Obs.]

      Many of the best respect in Rome. Shak.

      5. Relation; reference; regard.

      They believed but one Supreme Deity, which, with respect to the various benefits men received from him, had several titles. Tillotson.

      4. Particular; point regarded; point of view; as, “in this respect; in any respect; in all respects.”

      Everything which is imperfect, as the world must be acknowledged in many respects. Tillotson.

      In one respect I'll be thy assistant. Shak.

      7. Consideration; motive; interest. [Obs.] “Whatever secret respects were likely to move them.” Hooker.

      To the publik good

      Private respects must yield. Milton.

      In respect, in comparison. [Obs.] Shak. -- In respect of. In comparison with. [Obs.] Shak. As to; in regard to. [Archaic] “Monsters in respect of their bodies.” Bp. Wilkins. “In respect of these matters.” Jowett. ( Thucyd. ) -- In respect to, or With respect to, in relation to; with regard to; as respects. Tillotson. -- To have respect of persons, to regard persons with partiality or undue bias, especially on account of friendship, power, wealth, etc. “It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.” Prov. xxiv. 23.

      Syn. -- Deference; attention; regard; consideration; estimation. See Deference.