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Definition of respect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    respect

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin respectus, from the verb respicere ‘look back at, regard’, from re- ‘back’ + specere ‘look at’.Extra examples Her daughters failed to respect her last wishes. She is widely respected as a politician. She was much respected for her knowledge of herbs. The government has promised to respect human rights. WWF is internationally respected for its conservation work. a highly respected doctor I don’t agree with her, but I respect her for sticking to her principles. I respect Jack’s opinion on most subjects. She is always honest with me, and I respect her for that. She was a much loved and highly respected teacher.
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