- 1(not usually used in the progressive tenses) to have a very good opinion of someone or something; to admire someone or something respect somebody/something I respect Jack's opinion on most subjects. a much loved and highly respected teacher respect somebody/something for something She has always been honest with me, and I respect her for that.
- 2respect something to be careful about something; to make sure you do not do something that someone would consider to be wrong to respect other people's property She promised to respect our wishes. He doesn't respect other people's right to privacy.
- 3respect something to agree not to break a law, principle, etc. The new leader has promised to respect the constitution.
NAmE//rɪˈspɛkt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they respect
he / she / it respects
past simple respected
-ing form respecting