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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

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.
  2. (uncountable) good opinion, honor, or admiration
  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 of something
    This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects.

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

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VerbEdit

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.
    • Shakespeare
      Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood.
    • Francis Bacon
      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.
    • J. Lee
      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.
    • Ben Jonson
      To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar, / And as his own respected him to death.
  7. (obsolete) To look toward; to face.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      Palladius adviseth, the front of his house should so respect the South []

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respect

  1. (Jamaica) hello, hi

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Most common English words before 1923: greatest · property · started · #742: respect · that's · Christian · food

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From French respect.

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respect n ‎(uncountable)

  1. respect

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin respectus. Doublet of répit.

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respect m ‎(plural respects)

  1. respect

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French respect, Latin respectus.

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respect n ‎(uncountable)

  1. respect, consideration, deference, esteem, regard

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