- 1 [intransitive, transitive] (rather formal) to give a spoken or written answer to somebody/something synonym reply I asked him his name, but he didn't respond. respond (to somebody/something) (with something) She never responded to my letter. More than fifty people responded to the advertisement. + speech ‘I'm not sure,’ she responded. respond that… When asked about the company's future, the director responded that he remained optimistic. Which Word?answer / replyVerbs Answer and reply are the most common verbs used for speaking or writing as a reaction to a question, letter, etc. Note that you answer a person, question or letter, not answer to them, but you reply to somebody or something:I’m writing to answer your questions I’m writing to reply to your questions. I’m writing to answer to your questions. Answer can be used with or without an object:I haven’t answered her email yet. I knocked on the door but nobody answered. Reply is often used with the actual words spoken:‘I won’t let you down,’ he replied. Respond is less common and more formal:The directors were unwilling to respond to questions. You can only answer a door or a phone. see also rejoin2, retort, get back to somebodyNouns Note the phrases in answer to and in reply to:I’m writing in answer to your letter. see also response, rejoinder, retort
- 2 [intransitive] respond (to something) (with something/by doing something) to do something as a reaction to something that somebody has said or done synonym react How did they respond to the news? The government responded by banning all future demonstrations.
- 3 [intransitive] respond (to something/somebody) to react quickly or in the correct way to something/somebody The car responds very well to the controls. You can rely on him to respond to a challenge.
- 4[intransitive] respond (to something) to improve as a result of a particular kind of treatment The infection did not respond to the drugs. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French, from respondre
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BrE BrE//rɪˈspɒnd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspɑːnd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they respond
BrE BrE//rɪˈspɒnd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspɑːnd//he / she / it responds
BrE BrE//rɪˈspɒndz//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspɑːndz//past simple responded
BrE BrE//rɪˈspɒndɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspɑːndɪd//past participle responded
BrE BrE//rɪˈspɒndɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspɑːndɪd//-ing form responding
BrE BrE//rɪˈspɒndɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspɑːndɪŋ//