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re·spect

respect

 
 
pronunciation:
rih spekt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state or condition of being thought of with honor or admiration; such admiration itself.
My grandparents enjoy the respect and love of our entire family.
synonyms:
esteem, regard
antonyms:
contempt, disrespect, scorn
similar words:
admiration, favor, honor, reputation
definition 2: a particular point or detail (usually used with "in").
She is like her father except in one respect.
synonyms:
detail
similar words:
way
definition 3: regard; relation; reference.
The new worker has a few questions with respect to the rules.
similar words:
relation
definition 4: (plural) a polite expression of greeting or esteem.
Please give my respects to your family.
synonyms:
compliments, regards
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: respects, respecting, respected
definition 1: to express honor or esteem towards.
You should respect your mother.
synonyms:
esteem, honor
antonyms:
disrespect, ridicule, scorn
similar words:
admire, defer, favor, regard
definition 2: to show consideration for.
My mother respects the need I have to be by myself sometimes.
synonyms:
comply with, observe
antonyms:
abuse, disrespect
similar words:
abide by, adhere to, follow, heed, obey
derivation: respecter (n.)
Word History
Respect comes from a Latin word that means "an act of looking back at."
Word Builder: respect +
  • respected:
    honored or highly regarded.
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The word respect contains the following parts:
re- Latin prefix that means again; back or back again
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The prefix re- occurs in verbs that are Latin loanwords, where it can mean "again" (revise ) or "back again" (reflect ). It also attaches to English verbs (replay, rewind) with both meanings. Any verb can be prefixed by "re- " to indicate that an action is repeated. No hyphen is necessary unless the word formed is identical to an existing word (re-sign the document, but resign from a job).