American English

Definition of respect noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] respect (for somebody/something) a feeling of admiration for someone or something because of their good qualities or achievements I have the greatest respect for your brother. A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect. A deep mutual respect and understanding developed between them. see also self-respect opposite disrespect
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] respect (for somebody/something) polite behavior toward or care for someone or 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 their traditions 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. 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
    with respect, with all due respect
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    used when you are going to disagree, usually quite strongly, with someone With all due respect, the figures simply do not support you on this.
    with respect to something (formal or business)
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    concerning The two groups were similar with respect to income and status.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: respect