Definition of Respond

1. Verb. Show a response or a reaction to something.

2. Verb. React verbally. "They respond that there was a traffic accident "; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
Exact synonyms: Answer, Reply
Specialized synonyms: Call Back, Counter, Field, Sass, Come Back, Rejoin, Repay, Retort, Return, Riposte, Bridle
Generic synonyms: Say, State, Tell
Derivative terms: Answer, Answer, Answerer, Reply, Reply, Respondent, Responder

3. Verb. Respond favorably or as hoped. "The cancer responded to the aggressive therapy"
Generic synonyms: React
Derivative terms: Responder

Definition of Respond

1. v. i. To say somethin in return; to answer; to reply; as, to respond to a question or an argument.

2. v. t. To answer; to reply.

3. n. An answer; a response.

Definition of Respond

1. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To say something in return; to answer; to reply. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To act in return; to exhibit some action or effect in return to a force or stimulus; to do something in response; to accord. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To correspond; to suit. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To satisfy; to answer. ¹

5. Noun. A response. ¹

6. Noun. A versicle or short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection. ¹

7. Noun. (architecture) A half-pillar, pilaster, or any corresponding device engaged in a wall to receive the impost of an arch. ¹

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Definition of Respond

1. to say or act in return [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Respond

1. To say something in return, make an answer, to show some reaction to a force or stimulus, to render satisfaction. Origin: L. Respondere = to answer, reply This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Respond

respond (current term)
respondeat superior
respondent behaviour
respondent conditioning

Literary usage of Respond

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1914)
"In June, 1914, we made an attempt to see if, in the field, moths could be trained to respond to sounds to which they do not normally respond. ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1903)
"... visors which "can be made to respond," and does respond, the persone who signed the original petition to the board to fix rate* are distinctly ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"... will come from those interested outside the Territory, as the recent financial stringency has left those who would gladly respond incapacitated to carry ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"... interested outside the Territory, as the recent financial stringency has left those who would gladly respond incapacitated to carry the entire burden. ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1906)
"The atrophic muscles respond to all varieties of electrical stimulation in normal sequences and in vigor proportionate to the muscle mass remaining. ..."

6. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"... could seize the lands of another, to which it has no semblance of title, and appropriate them to its own use, simply because it was able to respond in ..."

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