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From Middle English respounden, from Old French respondre, from Late Latin respondō, from Latin respondeō. Cf. Modern French répondre.



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 carry out an action or in return to a force or stimulus; to do something in response.
    • 2012 January, Robert M. Pringle, “How to Be Manipulative”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, archived from the original on 3 October 2013, 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.
  4. (transitive) To satisfy; to answer.
    The prisoner was held to respond the judgment of the court.
  5. (intransitive) To be liable for payment.

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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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