American English

Definition of response noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a spoken or written answer She made no response. response to somebody/something In response to your inquiry… I received an encouraging response to my advertisement.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a reaction to something that has happened or been said The news provoked an angry response. a positive response I knocked on the door but there was no response. response (to somebody/something) The product was developed in response to customer demand. There has been little response to our appeal for funds. We sent out over 1,000 letters but the response rate has been low (= few people replied).
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] response (to somebody/something) a part of a religious service that the people sing or speak as an answer to the part that the religious leader sings or speaks
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