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Definition of 'respect'


  1. (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point; "it differs in that respect"
       Synonyms: regard
  2. the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded); "it is held in esteem"; "a man who has earned high regard"
       Synonyms: esteem regard
       Antonyms: disesteem
  3. an attitude of admiration or esteem; "she lost all respect for him"
       Synonyms: esteem regard
       Antonyms: disrespect
  4. a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean"
       Synonyms: deference
  5. behavior intended to please your parents; "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"
       Synonyms: obedience
  6. a feeling of friendship and esteem; "she mistook his manly regard for love"; "he inspires respect"
       Synonyms: regard
  7. courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"
       Synonyms: deference respectfulness


  1. regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity"
       Synonyms: esteem value prize prise
       Antonyms: disrespect disesteem disrespect disesteem
  2. show respect towards; "honor your parents!"
       Synonyms: honor honour abide by observe
       Antonyms: disrespect

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