Respect Definition

rĭ-spĕkt
respected, respects
verb
respected, respects
To feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard.
Webster's New World
To consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard.
Webster's New World
To show consideration for; avoid intruding upon or interfering with.
To respect others' privacy.
Webster's New World
To avoid violating.
I respected the speed limit throughout the trip.
American Heritage
To concern; relate to.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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noun
respects
A feeling of high regard, honor, or esteem.
To have respect for a great artist.
Webster's New World
The state or condition of being held in honor or esteem.
To have the respect of one's sons.
Webster's New World
Deference or dutiful regard.
Respect for the law.
Webster's New World
Consideration; courteous regard.
To have respect for the feelings of others.
Webster's New World
Due regard for something considered important or authoritative.
Respect for the law.
American Heritage
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interjection
(Jamaica) Hello, hi.
Wiktionary
other
Wiktionary
Wiktionary
idiom
in respect of
  • With respect to.
American Heritage
with
  • In reference or relation to; concerning:
American Heritage
in respect of
  • with reference to; as regards
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Respect

Noun

Singular:
respect
Plural:
respects

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Respect

Origin of Respect

  • From Middle English respect, from Old French respect, also respit ("respect, regard, consideration"; > respite), from Latin respectus (“a looking at, regard, respect"), perfect passive participle of respiciō (“look at, look back upon, respect"), from re- (“back") + speciō (“look at").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English regard from Old French from Latin respectus from past participle of respicere to look back at, regard re- re- specere to look at spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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