Definition of respect in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɛkt/


1 [mass noun] A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements: the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor
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  • Every party expressed its deep respect for her abilities as shown in that position.
  • I have found a new admiration and respect for what she has achieved.
  • The team he inherited had little respect for his achievements as a manager, but he sensed their indifference and weeded out the dissidents with minimal fuss.
esteem, regard, high regard, high opinion, acclaim, admiration, approbation, approval, appreciation, estimation, favour, popularity, recognition, veneration, awe, reverence, deference, honour, praise, homage
1.1The state of being admired or respected: his first chance in over fifteen years to regain respect in the business
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  • We should admire those who command respect through their actions, their vision, or their concern for others.
  • At least it help boost the police's image and regain the public respect following their deteriorating performance in general.
  • Although this might be unpopular in the short term, at least they will regain some respect once the current mob mentality dies down.
1.2 (respects) A person’s polite greetings: give my respects to their Excellencies
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  • Will you be so good as to give my Respects to the President?
  • Give my respects to my uncles there and them them that they have my best wishes.
  • Please don't forget to give my respects to your father.
1.3 informal Used to express the speaker’s approval of someone or something: respect to Hill for a truly non-superficial piece on the techno scene
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  • Despite this he kept up very well with a strong team bent on glory, no mean feat for somebody with only a few trips under his belt, respect!
  • Having got what he always wanted - respect, he still has miles to go.
2Due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others: young people’s lack of respect for their parents
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  • It also reflected a respect for standards and for the public with whom staff were in contact and it reinforced morale.
  • The nature of the conversation and the respect for elders reflects Chinese customs, particularly that of the young coming to the wise for advice.
  • I think that, when you work with somebody of that caliber there's just an immediate respect for him and his process.
due regard, consideration, thoughtfulness, attentiveness, politeness, courtesy, civility, deference
3A particular aspect, point, or detail: the government’s record in this respect is a mixed one
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  • But even if successful in all respects, who will benefit, and on what genetic disorders will the therapy be practiced?
  • I think to a large extent it comes from growing up in the 1930s, when the situation in all respects was much worse than it is today.
  • And if jurisdiction matters in this respect, then why not in other respects?
aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, characteristic, particular, point, detail, question, matter, connection


[with object]
1Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements: she was respected by everyone she worked with (as adjective respected) a respected academic
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  • I admire and respect you for achieving all that you have over the years.
  • When the manager respects you for your ability and wants you in the team, your confidence rises and you want to repay him.
  • You are a universally admired and respected musician and songwriter.
esteem, admire, think highly of, have a high opinion of, hold in high regard, hold in (high) esteem, think much of, approve of, appreciate, cherish, value, set (great) store by, prize, treasure, look up to, pay homage to, venerate, revere, reverence, adulate, worship, idolize, put on a pedestal, lionize, hero-worship, honour, applaud, praise, favour
2Have due regard for (someone’s feelings, wishes, or rights): I respected his views
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  • So surely that gives you the right to expect them to respect your feelings.
  • We regard ourselves as a compassionate, tolerant society that respects the rights of others.
  • And I hope you'll respect my wishes, and stop reading this site, and let us go our separate ways.
show consideration for, show regard for, take into consideration, take into account, make allowances for, take cognizance of, observe, pay heed/attention to, bear in mind, be mindful of, be heedful of, remember
archaic regard
2.1Avoid harming or interfering with: it is incumbent upon all hill users to respect the environment
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  • It is right that the culture and environment should be so respected.
  • What I do want is for the lake and its environs to be respected, preserved, protected and enhanced for future generations.
  • It was no doubt helpful that he grew in a household with other users, in circumstances in which quiet was respected and desirable.
2.2Agree to recognize and abide by (a legal requirement): the crown and its ministers ought to respect the ordinary law
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  • If the Commission wins, the Court will merely declare that the member state has failed to respect the particular legal obligation.
  • English courts generally respect the legal form the parties impose on a transaction and do not recharacterize it in another way.
  • He gave Quebec six months to start changing its forestry laws to respect the 25-year-old agreement.



in respect of (or with respect to)

As regards; with reference to: the two groups were similar with respect to age, sex, and diagnoses
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  • Could you tell me what is the sleep duration a person needs, with respect to age in general?
  • Suppose my prior desire was relatively indeterminate with respect to when it should be realized.
  • There was no evidence of dishonesty or bad character with respect to either of them.
French vis-à-vis;
Latin in re

in respect that

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  • I guess it is coincidence in respect that there is no special secret, other than that we are prepared properly in terms of having a very good car and a very good team, so we are using our opportunity.
  • Rather, according to their averments, the claim was for recompense in respect that the respondents had, they said, been unjustly enriched.
  • I allowed the application to drop from the Roll in respect that an application had already been granted to this adult.

pay one's (last) respects

see pay1.

with (or with all due) respect

Used as a polite formula preceding, and intended to mitigate the effect of, an expression of disagreement: with all due respect, Father, I think you’ve got to be more broad-minded these days
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  • I disagree with that, with all due respect to my friend William.
  • However, with all due respect, I disagree with his characterization of the man as a realist.
  • Well, you know, with all due respect, there's simply no consistency there.


Late Middle English: from Latin respectus, from the verb respicere 'look back at, regard', from re- 'back' + specere 'look at'.

Words that rhyme with respect

affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, eject, elect, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, inspect, interconnect, interject, intersect, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, reject, resurrect, sect, select, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht

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