Definition of response noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈspɒns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspɑːns//
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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 enquiry… 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 church service that the people sing or speak as an answer to the part that the priest sings or speaks
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French respons or Latin responsum ‘something offered in return’, neuter past participle of respondere, from re- ‘again’ + spondere ‘to pledge’.Extra examples Due to lack of response the event has been cancelled. Due to lack of response we have had to cancel the event. Have you had any responses to the advertisement yet? He has posted his response on the organization’s website. He was not getting the desired response from the audience. His comments drew an angry response from the crowd. In response, she stormed out of the room. My initial response was one of anger. That’s the only logical response. The World Bank has postponed an official response to the report. The immune system springs into action to mount a response against the virus. The response from local businesses has been muted. These are just a few of the possible responses to this question. These images are likely to evoke a strong response in the viewer. This is a normal response to feeling abandoned. We sent out over 100 letters but the response rate was low. We’ll coordinate emergency responses from now on. What was their response to the question? his delayed response to the event incorrect responses in a multiple choice test my knee-jerk response to the story the immune response to viral infections 95% of customers can expect a response to their enquiries within 10 days. He quoted the words of another famous leader in response to the journalist’s question. I am grateful for the Minister’s sympathetic response to my point.
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