respect

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English[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈspɛkt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt
  • Hyphenation: re‧spect
  • (file)

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.

Usage notes[edit]

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

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Verb[edit]

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.
  5. (transitive, dated except in "respecting") To relate to; to be concerned with.
    • 1806, James Lee, An Introduction to Botany:
      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.
  7. (obsolete) To look toward; to face.
    • 1650, Thomas Browne, “Of East and West”, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: [], 2nd edition, London: [] A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath[aniel] Ekins, [], OCLC 152706203, 6th book, page 263:
      That Palladius adviſeth the front of his edifice ſhould ſo reſpect the South, that in the firſt angle it receive the riſing raies of the winter Sunne, and decline a little from the winter ſetting thereof.

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Interjection[edit]

respect

  1. (Jamaican) hello, hi

References[edit]

  • respect at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • respect in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • respect in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • respect in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French respect, from Old French respect, from Latin respectus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /rɛsˈpɛkt/, /rəˈspɛkt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: res‧pect
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt

Noun[edit]

respect n (uncountable)

  1. respect
    Synonym: eerbied

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: respek
  • Indonesian: respek

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin respectus. Doublet of répit.

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Noun[edit]

respect m (plural respects)

  1. respect

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Jamaican Creole[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English respect.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪsˌspɛk/
  • Hyphenation: res‧pect

Interjection[edit]

respect

  1. greetings, hello, hi
    • (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought:)
    A: Wah gwaan? B: Respect!
    A: Hello! B: Hi!
  2. bye, goodbye
    • (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought:)
    A: Tek it easy. B: Respect!
    A: Take it easy. B: Bye!

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Noun[edit]

respect

  1. respect
    • 2020, Romardo Lyons, “Mixed reactions to state of emergency”, in The Jamaica Star[1] (in English):
      “Our problem is that the police dem nah deal with people wid nuh respect. []
      Our problem is that the police aren't approaching the people with respect. []
    Synonym: ratings
    Run whey di two a dem, dem nuh have nuh respect fi yuh.
    Get rid of both of them. They have no respect for you.

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Verb[edit]

respect

  1. respect
    • 2020, “DANCING DEATHTRAPS - Dancers risking serious injuries doing stunts”, in The Jamaica Star[2] (in English):
      “Dem a tek too much risk wid dem life and nuff a dem nuh respect dem body []
      They're taking too many risks with their life and a lot of them don't respect their body. []
    Synonym: rate
    Yuh done know seh mi respect yuh whole heap.
    You already know that I respect you a lot.

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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