respond

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From Old French respondre (Modern répondre), from Latin respondeō.

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Verb

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹəˈspɒnd/, /ˈɹiːˌspɒnd/
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respond (third-person singular simple present responds, present participle responding, simple past and past participle responded)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To say something in return; to answer; to reply.
    to respond to a question or an argument
  2. (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.
    • 2012 January 1, Robert M. Pringle, “How to Be Manipulative”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 31: 
      As in much of biology, the most satisfying truths in ecology derive from manipulative experimentation. Tinker with nature and quantify how it responds.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To correspond with; to suit.
    • Fairfax
      For his great deeds respond his speeches great.
  4. (transitive) To satisfy; to answer.
    The prisoner was held to respond the judgment of the court.

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Noun[edit]

respond (plural responds)

  1. A response.
  2. A versicle or short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.
  3. (architecture) A half-pillar, pilaster, or any corresponding device engaged in a wall to receive the impost of an arch.

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