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Definition of "respect" []

  • To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem. (verb-transitive)
  • To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit. (verb-transitive)
  • To relate or refer to; concern. (verb-transitive)
  • A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem. See Synonyms at regard. (noun)
  • The state of being regarded with honor or esteem. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "respect" in a sentence
  • "He has his follies, I have mine; and the less either of us sees of the other's peccadilloes, the greater will be the honour and respect -- that, I think, is the proper phrase -- I say the _respect_ in which we shall hold each other."
  • "The respect that you will receive, the real and _sincere respect_, will depend entirely on what you are able _to do_."
  • "The only impression that his mother ought to make on Carl is what I have already told him, -- namely, to respect her as _his mother_, but _not to follow her example in any respect_; he must be strongly warned against this."