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Definition of respect noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    respect

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    noun
    BrE BrE//rɪˈspekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspekt//
     
     
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  1. 1  [uncountable, singular] respect (for somebody/something) a feeling of admiration for somebody/something because of their good qualities or achievements I have the greatest respect for your brother. A two-minute silence was held as a mark of respect. A deep mutual respect and understanding developed between them. It was very interesting. Respect! (= used to praise somebody) see also self-respect opposite disrespect
  2. 2  [uncountable, singular] respect (for somebody/something) polite behaviour towards or care for somebody/something that you think is important to show a lack of respect for authority He has no respect for her feelings. Everyone has a right to be treated with respect. They instilled in their children a respect for Welsh tradition and culture. opposite disrespect
  3. 3  [countable] a particular aspect or detail of something In this respect we are very fortunate. There was one respect, however, in which they differed.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin respectus, from the verb respicere ‘look back at, regard’, from re- ‘back’ + specere ‘look at’.Extra examples He felt a grudging respect for her talents as an organizer. He treats his grandparents with great respect. In many respects she is like her mother. In this respect he cannot be criticized. She held him in considerable respect. The chainsaw is a dangerous tool—it should be treated with respect. The marriage was a disaster in every respect. The report is accurate in all material respects. We observed a minute’s silence out of respect for the disaster victims. With all due respect, I think you’ve misunderstood what he said. a relationship based on mutual respect a society in which age commands great respect the respect accorded to her memory the respect due to his great age A two-minute silence was held as a mark of respect. Everyone has a right to be treated with respect. He always treated me with respect. He takes after his father in some respects, but he’s very different in other ways. I have nothing but admiration/​respect for the winning team. In this respect we are very fortunate. She had a lot of respect for him as an actor, but didn’t like the way he treated other members of the cast. They differed in one respect.Idioms
      in respect of something (formal or business)
       
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    1. 1concerning A writ was served on the firm in respect of their unpaid bill.
    2. 2in payment for something money received in respect of overtime worked
    pay your respects (to somebody)
     
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    (formal) to visit somebody or to send a message of good wishes as a sign of respect for them Many came to pay their last respects (= by attending somebody's funeral).
    with respect, with all due respect
     
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    (formal) used when you are going to disagree, usually quite strongly, with somebody With all due respect, the figures simply do not support you on this.
    with respect, with all due respect
     
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    (formal) used when you are going to disagree, usually quite strongly, with somebody With all due respect, the figures simply do not support you on this.
    with respect to something
     
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    (formal or business) concerning The two groups were similar with respect to income and status.
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