respect

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English respect, from Old French respect, also respit (respect, regard, consideration), from Latin respectus (a looking at, regard, respect), perfect passive participle of respiciō (look at, look back upon, respect), from re- (back) + speciō (to see). Doublet of respite.

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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈspɛkt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt
  • Hyphenation: re‧spect
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Noun[edit]

respect (countable and uncountable, plural respects)

  1. (uncountable) an attitude of consideration or high regard
    He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him.
    We do respect people for their dignity and worth.
    Synonyms: deference, esteem, consideration, regard, fealty, reverence, aught
  2. (uncountable) good opinion, honor, or admiration
    Synonyms: admiration, esteem, reverence, regard, recognition, veneration, honor
  3. (uncountable, always plural) Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
    The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.
  4. (countable) a particular aspect, feature or detail of something
    This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects.
    Synonyms: aspect, dimension, face, facet, side
  5. Good will; favor
    • 1611, King James Version, Exodus 2:25:
      And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "respect": great, high, utmost, absolute

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respect (third-person singular simple present respects, present participle respecting, simple past and past participle respected)

  1. To have respect for.
    She is an intellectual giant, and I respect her greatly.
  2. To have regard for something, to observe a custom, practice, rule or right.
    I respect your right to hold that belief, although I think it is nonsense.
  3. To abide by an agreement.
    They failed to respect the treaty they had signed, and invaded.
  4. To take notice of; to regard as worthy of special consideration; to heed.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
      Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs.
  5. (transitive, dated except in "respecting") To relate to; to be concerned with.
    • (Can we date this quote by J. Lee and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Glandulation respects the secretory vessels, which are either glandules, follicles, or utricles.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House:
      I hope I may never again be in a state of mind so unchristian as the mental frame in which I lived for some weeks, respecting the memory of Master B.
  6. (obsolete) To regard; to consider; to deem.
    • (Can we date this quote by Ben Jonson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar, / And as his own respected him to death.
  7. (obsolete) To look toward; to face.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Thomas Browne and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Palladius adviseth, the front of his house should so respect the South []

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respect

  1. (Jamaican) hello, hi

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French respect.

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respect n (uncountable)

  1. respect
    Synonym: eerbied

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin respectus. Doublet of répit.

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respect m (plural respects)

  1. respect

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French respect, Latin respectus.

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respect n (uncountable)

  1. respect, consideration, deference, esteem, regard
    Synonym: stimă

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