- Respond is defined as to answer or reply or to act in return.
- An example of to respond is to answer a question in class.
- An example of to respond is for an ambulance to rush to the scene of an accident after a phone call requesting their service.
- to answer; reply
- to act in return, as if in answer
- to have a positive or favorable reaction: an infection that responded to treatment
- ☆ Law to be answerable or liable
Origin: Middle English responden from Old French respondre from Classical Latin respondere from re-, back plush spondere, to pledge: see sponsor
- Archit. an engaged column, pilaster, etc. supporting an arch
- Eccles. response
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verb re·spond·ed, re·spond·ing, re·sponds verb, intransitive
- To make a reply; answer. See Synonyms at answer.
- To act in return or in answer.
- To react positively or favorably: The patient has responded rapidly to the treatment.
Origin: Middle English responden, from Old French respondre, from Latin respondēre : re-, re- + spondēre, to promise; see spend- in Indo-European roots.
- re·spondˈer noun