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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a reply; answer. See Synonyms at answer.
  • intransitive v. To act in return or in answer.
  • intransitive v. To react positively or favorably: The patient has responded rapidly to the treatment.
  • transitive v. To give as a reply; answer.
  • n. Architecture A pilaster or half-pier engaged to a wall and carrying one end of an arch or groin, often at the end of an arcade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To say something in return; to answer; to reply.
  • v. To act in return; to exhibit some action or effect in return to a force or stimulus; to do something in response; to accord.
  • v. To correspond; to suit.
  • v. To satisfy; to answer.
  • n. A response.
  • n. A versicle or short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.
  • n. A half-pillar, pilaster, or any corresponding device engaged in a wall to receive the impost of an arch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An answer; a response.
  • n. A short anthem sung at intervals during the reading of a chapter.
  • n. A half pier or pillar attached to a wall to support an arch.
  • intransitive v. To say somethin in return; to answer; to reply.
  • intransitive v. To show some effect in return to a force; to act in response; to accord; to correspond; to suit.
  • intransitive v. To render satisfaction; to be answerable.
  • transitive v. To answer; to reply.
  • transitive v. To suit or accord with; to correspond to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make answer; give a reply in words; specifically, to make a liturgical response.
  • To answer or reply in any way; exhibit some action or effect in return to a force or stimulus.
  • To correspond; suit.
  • To be answerable; be liable to make payment: as, the defendant is held to respond in damages.
  • To answer to; correspond to.
  • To answer; satisfy, as by payment: as, the prisoner was held to respond the judgment of the court.
  • In biology, to react under a stimulus in such a way as to prepare for or escape from an event of which, in course of nature, the stimulus is the sign, signal, or constant antecedent; answer back to a stimulus by an action that commends itself to the human observer as prudent and judicious. See response, 3.
  • n. An answer; a response.
  • n. In liturgics: A versicle or short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.
  • n. A response.
  • n. In architecture, a half-pillar, pilaster. or any corresponding device engaged in a wall to receive the impost of an arch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. react verbally
  • v. respond favorably or as hoped
  • v. show a response or a reaction to something

Etymologies

Middle English responden, from Old French respondre, from Latin respondēre : re-, re- + spondēre, to promise; see spend- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French respondre (Modern répondre), from Latin respondeō. (Wiktionary)

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