American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
- v. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit.
- v. To relate or refer to; concern.
- n. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem. See Synonyms at regard.
- n. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.
- n. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
- n. Polite expressions of consideration or deference: pay one's respects.
- n. A particular aspect, feature, or detail: In many respects this is an important decision.
- n. Usage Problem Relation; reference. See Usage Note at regard.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To look toward; front upon or in the direction of.
- To postpone; respite.
- To notice with especial attention; regard as worthy of particular notice; regard; heed; consider; care for; have regard to in design or purpose.
- To have reference or regard to; relate to.
- To hold in esteem, regard, or consideration; regard with some degree of reverence: as, to respect womanhood; hence, to refrain from interference with: as, to respect one's privacy.
- Synonyms To honor, revere, venerate. See esteem, n.
- n. The act of looking at or regarding, or noticing with attention; regard; attention.
- n. Deliberation; reflection; consideration.
- n. Circumspect behavior or deportment; decency.
- n. The feeling of esteem, regard, or consideration excited by the contemplation of personal worth, dignity, or power; also, a similar feeling excited by corresponding attributes in things.
- n. Courteous or considerate treatment; that which is due, as to personal worth or power.
- n. plural Expression or sign of esteem, deference, of compliment: as, to pay one's respects to the governor; please give him my respects.
- n. Good will; favor.
- n. Partial regard; undue bias; discrimination for or against some one.
- n. Reputation; repute.
- n. Consideration; motive.
- n. Point or particular; matter; feature; point of view.
- n. Relation; regard; reference: used especially in the phrase in or with respect to (or of).
- n. In consideration of.
- n. In point of; in regard to.
- n. Synonyms Estimate, Estimation, etc. See esteem.
- n. uncountable an attitude of consideration or high regard
- n. uncountable good opinion, honor, or admiration
- n. uncountable, always plural Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
- n. countable a particular aspect of something
- v. to have respect for.
- v. to have regard for something, to observe a custom, practice, rule or right
- v. to abide by an agreement.
- v. transitive To relate to; to be concerned with.
- interj. Jamaica hello, hi
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.
- v. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor.
- v. obsolete To look toward; to front upon or toward.
- v. obsolete To regard; to consider; to deem.
- v. To have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to.
- n. The act of noticing with attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care; caution.
- n. Esteem; regard; consideration; honor.
- n. An expression of respect of deference; regards.
- n. obsolete Reputation; repute.
- n. Relation; reference; regard.
- n. Particular; point regarded; point of view
- n. obsolete Consideration; motive; interest.
- v. regard highly; think much of
- v. show respect towards
- n. a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
- n. an attitude of admiration or esteem
- n. a feeling of friendship and esteem
- n. (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point
- n. behavior intended to please your parents
- n. the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
- n. courteous regard for people's feelings
- From Latin respectus ("respect, regard"), perfect passive participle of respiciō ("look at, look back upon, respect"), from re- ("back") + speciō ("look at"). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English, regard, from Old French, from Latin respectus, from past participle of respicere, to look back at, regard : re-, re- + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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_.”
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“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.”
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