respond
I. noun Etymology: Middle English respounde, literally, reply, from Anglo-French respuns, respunt response Date: 15th century an engaged pillar supporting an arch or closing a colonnade or arcade II. verb Etymology: alteration of Middle English respounden, from Anglo-French respundre, from Latin respondēre to promise in return, answer, from re- + spondēre to promise — more at spouse Date: 1572 intransitive verb 1. to say something in return ; make an answer <
respond to criticism
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2. a. to react in response <
responded to a call for help
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b. to show favorable reaction <
respond to surgery
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3. to be answerable <
respond in damages
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transitive verb replyresponder noun

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  • respond — re‧spond [rɪˈspɒnd ǁ rɪˈspɑːnd] verb [intransitive] 1. to react to something that has happened: • The company responded aggressively by selling market rate investments. respond to • Overseas exchanges can t respond as quickly as Wall Street to… …   Financial and business terms

  • Respond — Re*spond (r?*sp?nd ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Responded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Responding}.] [OF. respondre, F. r[ e]pondre, fr. L. respondere, responsum; pref. re re + spondere to promise. See {Sponsor}.] 1. To say somethin in return; to answer; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • respond — c.1300, respound, from O.Fr. respondere respond, correspond, from L. respondere respond, answer to, promise in return, from re back + spondere to pledge (see SPONDEE (Cf. spondee)). Modern spelling and pronunciation is from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Respond — Re*spond , v. t. 1. To answer; to reply. [1913 Webster] 2. To suit or accord with; to correspond to. [R.] [1913 Webster] For his great deeds respond his speeches great. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • respond — I verb acknowledge, answer, counterclaim, debate, discuss, exchange opinions, explain, give an answer, join issue, make a rejoinder, parry, plead, provide an answer, react, rebut, rejoin, reply, retort, return an answer II index answer (reply),… …   Law dictionary

  • Respond — Re*spond , n. 1. An answer; a response. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) A short anthem sung at intervals during the reading of a chapter. [1913 Webster] 3. (Arch.) A half pier or pillar attached to a wall to support an arch. Oxf. Gloss. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • respond — *answer, reply, rejoin, retort Analogous words: react, behave, +act Contrasted words: stimulate, excite, quicken (see PROVOKE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • respond — [v] act in answer to something acknowledge, act in response, answer, answer back, behave, be in touch with, come back, come back at, come in, counter, feedback, feel for, field the question*, get back to*, get in touch, react, reciprocate, rejoin …   New thesaurus

  • respond — ► VERB ▪ say or do something in reply or as a reaction. DERIVATIVES responder noun. ORIGIN Latin respondere answer, offer in return …   English terms dictionary

  • respond — [ri spänd′] vi. [ME responden < OFr respondre < L respondere < re , back + spondere, to pledge: see SPONSOR] 1. to answer; reply 2. to act in return, as if in answer 3. to have a positive or favorable reaction [an infection that… …   English World dictionary

  • respond — verb 1 react ADVERB ▪ immediately, instantly ▪ promptly, quickly, rapidly, swiftly ▪ slowly ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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