- 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 of respondMiddle English responden ; from Old French respondre ; from Classical Latin respondere ; from re-, back + spondere, to pledge: see sponsor
- Archit. an engaged column, pilaster, etc. supporting an arch
- Eccles. response
verbre·spond·ed, re·spond·ing, re·sponds
- To make a reply; answer: respond to an e-mail.
- To act in return or in answer: firefighters responding to a call. See Synonyms at answer.
- To react positively or favorably: The patient has responded rapidly to the treatment.
Origin of respondMiddle English responden, from Old French respondre, from Latin respondēre : re-, re- + spondēre, to promise; see spend- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present responds, present participle responding, simple past and past participle responded)
- (intransitive) To say something in return; to answer; to reply.
- to respond to a question or an argument
- (intransitive) To act in return; to exhibit some action or effect in return to a force or stimulus; to do something in response; to accord.
- (intransitive) To correspond with; to suit.
- To satisfy; to answer.
- The prisoner was held to respond the judgment of the court.