Definition of respect in English:

respect

noun

  • 1mass noun A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

    ‘the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor’
    • ‘I have great admiration and respect for these people, their unselfish act to understand and help people is above and beyond the call of duty.’
    • ‘Anyone who has ever been down a pit returns to the surface with deep respect for those who make a career of mining.’
    • ‘The premier had ‘great admiration and respect for the work he had done over the last decade,’ he said.’
    • ‘In other words, he combined a thorough musical literacy with a deep appreciation and respect for ethnic music.’
    • ‘I realise I can't be one of them myself, but knowing that simply fills me with an even deeper level of respect for what they do.’
    • ‘I have found a new admiration and respect for what she has achieved.’
    • ‘I have a profound sense of respect for the inherent qualities of these images and work outward from there.’
    • ‘She has deep respect for raw artistic talent and admits there is probably a frustrated artist in her trying to get out.’
    • ‘I have nothing but the deepest love and respect for these individuals.’
    • ‘Every party expressed its deep respect for her abilities as shown in that position.’
    • ‘Develop player and team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches.’
    • ‘While all agree he is tough and prone to losing his temper, there is almost universal respect for his abilities as a soldier.’
    • ‘In 1902 he met d' Indy, who became his teacher and shared his deep respect for folk music.’
    • ‘My poetry teacher, who I have a huge amount of admiration and respect for, came with her son and daughter.’
    • ‘The town has great affection for him and great respect for his golfing abilities.’
    • ‘She, meanwhile, develops deep respect for the old man.’
    • ‘I have nothing but admiration and respect for you - on several counts.’
    • ‘An outstanding scientist, he commanded great respect for both his abilities and also for his exceptional personal qualities.’
    • ‘People were simply showing their deep respect, their real admiration and their love for one they felt had touched their lives.’
    • ‘The team he inherited had little respect for his achievements as a manager, but he sensed their indifference and weeded out the dissidents with minimal fuss.’
    esteem, regard, high regard, high opinion, acclaim, admiration, approbation, approval, appreciation, estimation, favour, popularity, recognition, veneration, awe, reverence, deference, honour, praise, homage
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    1. 1.1 The state of being admired or respected.
      ‘his first chance in over fifteen years to regain respect in the business’
      • ‘Although this might be unpopular in the short term, at least they will regain some respect once the current mob mentality dies down.’
      • ‘You will be bold and creative this week and earn respect and reputation.’
      • ‘If it takes the rest of my life, I will never stop trying to regain your trust and respect.’
      • ‘At least it help boost the police's image and regain the public respect following their deteriorating performance in general.’
      • ‘However, making up bad excuses will not help him much to regain respect.’
      • ‘The classics seemed to regain respect, but only by being put to use within the British class structure.’
      • ‘It has to confront its own problems if it is to regain respect in world politics.’
      • ‘What can parliamentarians do to regain respect with community as custodians of the public good?’
      • ‘Its not too late for the premier to regain the initial respect she commanded among constituents of this province.’
      • ‘We should admire those who command respect through their actions, their vision, or their concern for others.’
      • ‘This week in a warning to yobs the Prime Minister declared that a central theme of his third term in office was to regain respect in society.’
      • ‘That is all history now, however, and our first family seem determined to work to regain our respect.’
      • ‘Women in Britain are entitled to equal respect and status with men in all areas of life and tend to have more independence and responsibility than in some other cultures.’
      • ‘He is one of the few major political figures who still enjoys considerable respect from parts of both political parties.’
      • ‘This once great Service has now lost a great deal of public respect and its reputation is badly damaged, all for the sake of individual political egos.’
      • ‘His unstuffy manner has also gained him increasing respect in a German business world desperate to modernise beyond its engineering and banking base.’
      • ‘The last quarter helped regain some respect by fighting the match out to the final siren but Swans still ended up 57 point in arrears.’
      • ‘This is a serious handicap for a country that is still struggling to revive its economy and regain respect from the international community.’
      • ‘Certainly the management side need to work hard to re-gain trust and respect, he said.’
      • ‘He looks at the situation like a football coach of a former powerhouse team fighting to regain respect.’
      politeness, courteousness, good manners, civility, respectfulness, deference, chivalry, gallantry, good breeding, gentility, graciousness, kindness, consideration, thought, thoughtfulness, cordiality, geniality, affability, urbanity, polish, refinement, courtliness, decorousness, tact, discretion, diplomacy
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    2. 1.2respects A person's polite greetings.
      ‘give my respects to their Excellencies’
      • ‘Will you be so good as to give my Respects to the President?’
      • ‘Please don't forget to give my respects to your father.’
      • ‘Give my respects to my uncles there and them them that they have my best wishes.’
      regards, kind regards, kindest regards, compliments, greetings, best wishes, good wishes, felicitations, salutations
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    3. 1.3informal Used to express the speaker's approval of someone or something.
      ‘respect to Hill for a truly non-superficial piece on the techno scene’
      • ‘Despite this he kept up very well with a strong team bent on glory, no mean feat for somebody with only a few trips under his belt, respect!’
      • ‘Having got what he always wanted - respect, he still has miles to go.’
  • 2Due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.

    ‘young people's lack of respect for their parents’
    • ‘It also reflected a respect for standards and for the public with whom staff were in contact and it reinforced morale.’
    • ‘I've known him and worked with him over the years and have a great respect for him.’
    • ‘However, the Irish Seal Sanctuary said many local fishermen shared a respect for wildlife and nature.’
    • ‘Perhaps a section of his constituency-to-be may even, on inspecting the images, develop a new respect for him.’
    • ‘The nature of the conversation and the respect for elders reflects Chinese customs, particularly that of the young coming to the wise for advice.’
    • ‘With so many people here involved in the fishery, they tend to have a great respect for the terns, and for nature in general.’
    • ‘A few years back charities and voluntary organisations had a mutual respect for one another's services and duplication did not happen.’
    • ‘According to Confucianism, one of the most important values is respect for elders.’
    • ‘Rugby League has not only preserved its identity, it is safeguarded by a genuine respect for its fans, rival teams, and even officials.’
    • ‘The solution to this mutation of complex growth is to go back to basics, to the old virtues we know, the respect for individual countries and their mores and manners.’
    • ‘While both men are tenacious political strategists, they clearly have a healthy respect for one another.’
    • ‘James, 17, says boarding has allowed him to develop a close relationship and a respect for his teachers that he would not have had as a day pupil.’
    • ‘I think that, when you work with somebody of that caliber there's just an immediate respect for him and his process.’
    • ‘Lebanese children grow up with deep respect for their parents.’
    • ‘For all his occasional zaniness and bad positions on various issues, I've got a certain respect for him.’
    • ‘As time passes, a grudging mutual respect develops.’
    • ‘Mutual respect was shown in many ways, especially in the conduct of boys toward one another.’
    • ‘When people talk of the declining respect for elders, they're probably right.’
    • ‘You cannot learn anything if you do not pay due respect to your elders.’
    • ‘You can see a great respect for his subject in this picture.’
    due regard, consideration, thoughtfulness, attentiveness, politeness, courtesy, civility, deference
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  • 3A particular aspect, point, or detail.

    ‘the government's record in this respect is a mixed one’
    • ‘His ID cards will be ID cards in all respects but one: they will have the kinder, smoother title of ‘Entitlement Cards’.’
    • ‘Patients in group 1 and 2 were comparable in all respects including oxidative stress at the start of therapy.’
    • ‘In some cases, the projects submitted were identical in all respects.’
    • ‘And if jurisdiction matters in this respect, then why not in other respects?’
    • ‘A classic car in all respects, with the unmistakable split back window and the ridge running from the roof to the tail.’
    • ‘However, one may be a realist without claiming that our present science mirrors nature accurately in all respects.’
    • ‘Ridiculing all gender battles encountered by their urban counterparts, the Dangi women are equal in all respects to their men.’
    • ‘The area has a history of being neglected in all respects of development.’
    • ‘Vote-by-mail voters more closely mirror the electorate as a whole in all respects except age.’
    • ‘This promise is vague in many ways, impossible in its concrete form, and fraudulent in all respects.’
    • ‘Without an institution to cling to, they are left to their own devices in all respects.’
    • ‘By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by these complete Official Rules, and the decisions of sponsor and judge, which shall be final and binding in all respects.’
    • ‘I think to a large extent it comes from growing up in the 1930s, when the situation in all respects was much worse than it is today.’
    • ‘It also makes for various sorts of diversity, though not in all respects.’
    • ‘We comply in all respects with the criteria to qualify for fuel duty rebate and the Department of Transport closely monitors our compliance with these.’
    • ‘But even if successful in all respects, who will benefit, and on what genetic disorders will the therapy be practiced?’
    • ‘The Department claims that evidence available to them is that the scheme is working well in all respects.’
    • ‘He discovered that defending what his father had worked for, in all respects, had suddenly become the most important thing in his life.’
    • ‘She was simple in all respects, but her warm ice blue eyes brought out every feature and long wavy brown hair shone in the moonlight.’
    • ‘I just refreshed the front page, which should look and act the same as it did in all respects save one but will make it easier for me to make future changes to it.’
    aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, characteristic, particular, point, detail, question, matter, connection
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

    ‘she was respected by everyone she worked with’
    ‘a respected academic’
    • ‘You actually only have one book, but it's a really important book, and everyone respects you tremendously.’
    • ‘You are a universally admired and respected musician and songwriter.’
    • ‘They may not represent anyone in particular, but they are widely respected for their achievements.’
    • ‘I admire and respect the wisdom, experience and discipline of old coaches.’
    • ‘People respected her honesty and forthright manner, qualities which endeared her to all.’
    • ‘If you take time to be polite and speak in Spanish, everyone respects you.’
    • ‘We should value and respect people who give of their time.’
    • ‘She exudes life and fun; you can't help but admire and respect her.’
    • ‘First of all, I'd like to tell him I admire and respect him as one of the very unique talents in television.’
    • ‘They also frequently find that they are not respected for their intellectual abilities.’
    • ‘I respect them and their abilities, they respect me and mine, and we all go home happy.’
    • ‘I admire and respect you for achieving all that you have over the years.’
    • ‘I highly admire and respect him for what he does and he highly respects me for what I do.’
    • ‘A most well liked and respected person, Marian's passing is deeply regretted by many.’
    • ‘When the manager respects you for your ability and wants you in the team, your confidence rises and you want to repay him.’
    • ‘He was respected and admired by all the people, yet he still managed to be one of them.’
    • ‘He was deeply respected and had a wide circle of friends who regarded him with fond affection.’
    • ‘It is easy to admire and respect courage of this kind.’
    • ‘Everyone respects a person who faces harsh realities and is prepared to make sacrifices.’
    • ‘I respect you greatly and very much admire what you have achieved in so many places.’
    esteem, admire, think highly of, have a high opinion of, hold in high regard, hold in esteem, hold in high esteem, think much of, approve of, appreciate, cherish, value, set store by, set great store by, prize, treasure, look up to, pay homage to, venerate, revere, reverence, adulate, worship, idolize, put on a pedestal, lionize, hero-worship, honour, applaud, praise, favour
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  • 2Have due regard for (someone's feelings, wishes, or rights)

    ‘I respected his views’
    • ‘We regard ourselves as a compassionate, tolerant society that respects the rights of others.’
    • ‘Is there an interference with the right to respect for private life in this case?’
    • ‘His wish has been respected and his remains have been conveyed back to the land of his birth.’
    • ‘If the arrested British citizen does not want any consular services, this wish will be respected.’
    • ‘Responsible smokers will respect he wishes of others.’
    • ‘I give you my assurance that your wishes will be respected.’
    • ‘So if Polly wants Phil to remain her friend she needs to respect his feelings.’
    • ‘The hospital refused to disclose the identity of the donor, saying the wishes of the child's family had to be respected.’
    • ‘The family said they now hoped the media would respect their wish for privacy to be left alone to grieve.’
    • ‘They should be given the respect that such a title signifies, but they also have to respect your feelings and fears as well.’
    • ‘Both generations should respect each other's views and be accommodating.’
    • ‘Such a concept of respecting the elders was also strongly promoted by ancient philosophers.’
    • ‘In such cases, the bride's parents' wishes are often highly respected by the other family.’
    • ‘So surely that gives you the right to expect them to respect your feelings.’
    • ‘People with dementia might have capacity to make this particular decision, and their views should be respected.’
    • ‘The trustees can be expected to respect these wishes once there is no family or appropriate person to whom the money should be paid.’
    • ‘He still has a long way to go in his recovery and his family have asked that his privacy continue to be respected.’
    • ‘Every pupil has the right to have his dignity respected, the regulations state.’
    • ‘Likewise, please respect my wish for anonymity as I will respect yours, if that is what you desire.’
    • ‘And I hope you'll respect my wishes, and stop reading this site, and let us go our separate ways.’
    show consideration for, show regard for, take into consideration, take into account, make allowances for, take cognizance of, observe, pay attention to, pay heed to, bear in mind, be mindful of, be heedful of, remember
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    1. 2.1 Avoid harming or interfering with.
      ‘it is incumbent upon all hill users to respect the environment’
      • ‘It was no doubt helpful that he grew in a household with other users, in circumstances in which quiet was respected and desirable.’
      • ‘They expressed the hope that the flowers will continue to be respected.’
      • ‘What I do want is for the lake and its environs to be respected, preserved, protected and enhanced for future generations.’
      • ‘Footpaths provide a safe environment for pedestrians and should be respected by all.’
      • ‘Although we now know better, it's a nice story - asking us to respect and nurture the environment.’
      • ‘It is right that the culture and environment should be so respected.’
    2. 2.2 Agree to recognize and abide by (a legal requirement)
      ‘the crown and its ministers ought to respect the ordinary law’
      • ‘And the law should respect such a stipulation in commercial negotiations.’
      • ‘If the Commission wins, the Court will merely declare that the member state has failed to respect the particular legal obligation.’
      • ‘English courts generally respect the legal form the parties impose on a transaction and do not recharacterize it in another way.’
      • ‘The law has to be respected and the electoral process has to be honoured, even if an external agency acts as honest broker.’
      • ‘He gave Quebec six months to start changing its forestry laws to respect the 25-year-old agreement.’
      abide by, comply with, follow, adhere to, conform to, act in accordance with, acquiesce to, assent to, consent to, accord to, yield to, submit to, defer to, bow to, obey, observe, hold to, keep, keep to, stick to, stand by, heed
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Phrases

  • in respect of (or with respect to)

    • As regards; with reference to.

      ‘the two groups were similar with respect to age, sex, and diagnoses’
      • ‘Suppose my prior desire was relatively indeterminate with respect to when it should be realized.’
      • ‘His comments in respect of this issue show a lack of judgement and perspective.’
      • ‘The model was adapted with respect to three points for the purpose of this study.’
      • ‘There was no evidence of dishonesty or bad character with respect to either of them.’
      • ‘No further charges with respect to these items were recorded in the third quarter.’
      • ‘This will put more pressure on the city with respect to traffic and other problems.’
      • ‘Could you tell me what is the sleep duration a person needs, with respect to age in general?’
      • ‘The most important thing to remember with respect to this film is that it is not a documentary.’
      • ‘We selected patients to achieve maximum diversity with respect to age and sex.’
      • ‘This is not to say that the hospital lacked commitment with respect to what was done for him.’
      concerning, regarding, as regards, in regard to, with regard to, with reference to, relating to, respecting, as for, as to, re, about, apropos, on the subject of, in the matter of, in connection with
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  • in respect that

    • Because.

      • ‘Rather, according to their averments, the claim was for recompense in respect that the respondents had, they said, been unjustly enriched.’
      • ‘I guess it is coincidence in respect that there is no special secret, other than that we are prepared properly in terms of having a very good car and a very good team, so we are using our opportunity.’
      • ‘I allowed the application to drop from the Roll in respect that an application had already been granted to this adult.’
  • pay one's (last) respects

    • see pay
      regards, kind regards, kindest regards, compliments, greetings, best wishes, good wishes, felicitations, salutations
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  • with (or with all due) respect

    • Used as a polite formula preceding, and intended to mitigate the effect of, an expression of disagreement.

      ‘with all due respect, Father, I think you've got to be more broad-minded these days’
      • ‘He has simply - and I say with all due respect - misunderstood what I said.’
      • ‘However, with all due respect, I disagree with his characterization of the man as a realist.’
      • ‘And with all due respect, I think the President enjoys the benefit of many of the policies that began under his predecessor.’
      • ‘And with all due respect to that view, it is a legitimate view.’
      • ‘But with all due respect to my scientific training, I am not sure that I am the man to read on this subject.’
      • ‘And with all due respect, Mr. President, Californians want to know whether you're going to be on their side.’
      • ‘But with all due respect, he was elected twice governor of Texas.’
      • ‘I disagree with that, with all due respect to my friend William.’
      • ‘Well, you know, with all due respect, there's simply no consistency there.’
      • ‘No, with all due respect to my friend, I disagree with that.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin respectus, from the verb respicere ‘look back at, regard’, from re- ‘back’ + specere ‘look at’.

Pronunciation

respect

/rɪˈspɛkt/