from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To act in response to or under the influence of a stimulus or prompting: reacted strongly to the sarcastic tone of the memorandum.
- intransitive v. To act in opposition to a former condition or act: composers who reacted against romanticism.
- intransitive v. To act reciprocally or in return.
- intransitive v. Chemistry To undergo a reaction: Methane reacts with hydroxyl to produce formaldehyde.
- transitive v. Chemistry To cause (a substance or substances) to undergo a reaction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To act or perform a second time; to do over again; as, to react a play; the same scenes were reacted at Rome.
- v. To return an impulse or impression; to resist the action of another body by an opposite force; as, every body reacts on the body that impels it from its natural state.
- v. To act upon each other; to exercise a reciprocal or a reverse effect, as two or more chemical agents; to act in opposition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To act or perform a second time; to do over again; to reenact
- intransitive v. To return an impulse or impression; to resist the action of another body by an opposite force.
- intransitive v. To act upon each other; to exercise a reciprocal or a reverse effect, as two or more chemical agents; to act in opposition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act or perform anew; reenact: as, to react a play.
- To exert, as a thing acted upon, an opposite action upon the agent.
- To act, after being acted upon, in a manner directly opposed to the first action, and in increased measure.
- To act mutually or reciprocally upon each other, as two or more chemical agents.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. show a response or a reaction to something
- v. undergo a chemical reaction; react with another substance under certain conditions
- v. act against or in opposition to
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