- 1 (not usually used in the progressive tenses) to have a very good opinion of somebody/something; to admire somebody/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 had always been honest with me, and I respect her for that.
- 2 respect something to be careful about something; to make sure you do not do something that somebody 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.
- 3 respect something to agree not to break a law, principle, etc. The new leader has promised to respect the constitution. See related entries: Justice Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin respectus, from the verb respicere
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BrE BrE//rɪˈspekt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspekt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they respect
BrE BrE//rɪˈspekt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspekt//he / she / it respects
BrE BrE//rɪˈspekts//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspekts//past simple respected
BrE BrE//rɪˈspektɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspektɪd//past participle respected
BrE BrE//rɪˈspektɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspektɪd//-ing form respecting
BrE BrE//rɪˈspektɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspektɪŋ//Justice