Definition of respect in English:



  • 1A 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 nothing but the deepest love and respect for these individuals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyone who has ever been down a pit returns to the surface with deep respect for those who make a career of mining.’
    • ‘The town has great affection for him and great respect for his golfing abilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She has deep respect for raw artistic talent and admits there is probably a frustrated artist in her trying to get out.’
    • ‘The premier had ‘great admiration and respect for the work he had done over the last decade,’ he said.’
    • ‘I have found a new admiration and respect for what she has achieved.’
    • ‘I have nothing but admiration and respect for you - on several counts.’
    • ‘Every party expressed its deep respect for her abilities as shown in that position.’
    • ‘In other words, he combined a thorough musical literacy with a deep appreciation and respect for ethnic music.’
    • ‘In 1902 he met d' Indy, who became his teacher and shared his deep respect for folk music.’
    • ‘She, meanwhile, develops deep respect for the old man.’
    • ‘People were simply showing their deep respect, their real admiration and their love for one they felt had touched their lives.’
    • ‘My poetry teacher, who I have a huge amount of admiration and respect for, came with her son and daughter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An outstanding scientist, he commanded great respect for both his abilities and also for his exceptional personal qualities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have a profound sense of respect for the inherent qualities of these images and work outward from there.’
    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. 1.1The state of being admired or respected.
      ‘his first chance in over fifteen years to regain respect in the business’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We should admire those who command respect through their actions, their vision, or their concern for others.’
      • ‘Although this might be unpopular in the short term, at least they will regain some respect once the current mob mentality dies down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That is all history now, however, and our first family seem determined to work to regain our respect.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘His unstuffy manner has also gained him increasing respect in a German business world desperate to modernise beyond its engineering and banking base.’
      • ‘Its not too late for the premier to regain the initial respect she commanded among constituents of this province.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If it takes the rest of my life, I will never stop trying to regain your trust and respect.’
      • ‘You will be bold and creative this week and earn respect and reputation.’
      • ‘However, making up bad excuses will not help him much to regain respect.’
      • ‘At least it help boost the police's image and regain the public respect following their deteriorating performance in general.’
      • ‘He looks at the situation like a football coach of a former powerhouse team fighting to regain respect.’
      • ‘He is one of the few major political figures who still enjoys considerable respect from parts of both political parties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The classics seemed to regain respect, but only by being put to use within the British class structure.’
      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. 1.2Due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
      ‘respect for human rights’
      • ‘However, the Irish Seal Sanctuary said many local fishermen shared a respect for wildlife and nature.’
      • ‘A few years back charities and voluntary organisations had a mutual respect for one another's services and duplication did not happen.’
      • ‘Lebanese children grow up with deep respect for their parents.’
      • ‘I've known him and worked with him over the years and have a great respect for him.’
      • ‘It also reflected a respect for standards and for the public with whom staff were in contact and it reinforced morale.’
      • ‘You can see a great respect for his subject in this picture.’
      • ‘I think that, when you work with somebody of that caliber there's just an immediate respect for him and his process.’
      • ‘Rugby League has not only preserved its identity, it is safeguarded by a genuine respect for its fans, rival teams, and even officials.’
      • ‘The nature of the conversation and the respect for elders reflects Chinese customs, particularly that of the young coming to the wise for advice.’
      • ‘As time passes, a grudging mutual respect develops.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You cannot learn anything if you do not pay due respect to your elders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With so many people here involved in the fishery, they tend to have a great respect for the terns, and for nature in general.’
      • ‘For all his occasional zaniness and bad positions on various issues, I've got a certain respect for him.’
      • ‘According to Confucianism, one of the most important values is respect for elders.’
      • ‘Perhaps a section of his constituency-to-be may even, on inspecting the images, develop a new respect for him.’
      • ‘While both men are tenacious political strategists, they clearly have a healthy respect for one another.’
      due regard, consideration, thoughtfulness, attentiveness, politeness, courtesy, civility, deference
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    3. 1.3A person's polite greetings.
      ‘give my respects to your parents’
      • ‘Will you be so good as to give my Respects to the President?’
      • ‘Give my respects to my uncles there and them them that they have my best wishes.’
      • ‘Please don't forget to give my respects to your father.’
      regards, kind regards, kindest regards, compliments, greetings, best wishes, good wishes, felicitations, salutations
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  • 2A 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’.’
    • ‘Ridiculing all gender battles encountered by their urban counterparts, the Dangi women are equal in all respects to their men.’
    • ‘A classic car in all respects, with the unmistakable split back window and the ridge running from the roof to the tail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also makes for various sorts of diversity, though not in all respects.’
    • ‘And if jurisdiction matters in this respect, then why not in other 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.’
    • ‘But even if successful in all respects, who will benefit, and on what genetic disorders will the therapy be practiced?’
    • ‘Without an institution to cling to, they are left to their own devices in all respects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In some cases, the projects submitted were identical 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.’
    • ‘The Department claims that evidence available to them is that the scheme is working well in all respects.’
    • ‘The area has a history of being neglected in all respects of development.’
    • ‘Patients in group 1 and 2 were comparable in all respects including oxidative stress at the start of therapy.’
    • ‘However, one may be a realist without claiming that our present science mirrors nature accurately in all respects.’
    • ‘Vote-by-mail voters more closely mirror the electorate as a whole in all respects except age.’
    • ‘He discovered that defending what his father had worked for, in all respects, had suddenly become the most important thing in his life.’
    • ‘This promise is vague in many ways, impossible in its concrete form, and fraudulent in all respects.’
    aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, characteristic, particular, point, detail, question, matter, connection
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  • 1 Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

    ‘she was respected by everyone she worked with’
    ‘a respected academic’
    • ‘It is easy to admire and respect courage of this kind.’
    • ‘He was deeply respected and had a wide circle of friends who regarded him with fond affection.’
    • ‘She exudes life and fun; you can't help but admire and respect her.’
    • ‘We should value and respect people who give of their time.’
    • ‘Everyone respects a person who faces harsh realities and is prepared to make sacrifices.’
    • ‘People respected her honesty and forthright manner, qualities which endeared her to all.’
    • ‘I respect you greatly and very much admire what you have achieved in so many places.’
    • ‘I admire and respect the wisdom, experience and discipline of old coaches.’
    • ‘He was respected and admired by all the people, yet he still managed to be one of them.’
    • ‘You are a universally admired and respected musician and songwriter.’
    • ‘I admire and respect you for achieving all that you have over the years.’
    • ‘You actually only have one book, but it's a really important book, and everyone respects you tremendously.’
    • ‘I highly admire and respect him for what he does and he highly respects me for what I do.’
    • ‘They may not represent anyone in particular, but they are widely respected for their achievements.’
    • ‘First of all, I'd like to tell him I admire and respect him as one of the very unique talents in television.’
    • ‘I respect them and their abilities, they respect me and mine, and we all go home happy.’
    • ‘They also frequently find that they are not respected for their intellectual abilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you take time to be polite and speak in Spanish, everyone respects you.’
    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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    1. 1.1Have due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of.
      ‘I respected his views’
      • ‘I give you my assurance that your wishes will be respected.’
      • ‘Both generations should respect each other's views and be accommodating.’
      • ‘Likewise, please respect my wish for anonymity as I will respect yours, if that is what you desire.’
      • ‘Such a concept of respecting the elders was also strongly promoted by ancient philosophers.’
      • ‘He still has a long way to go in his recovery and his family have asked that his privacy continue to be respected.’
      • ‘And I hope you'll respect my wishes, and stop reading this site, and let us go our separate ways.’
      • ‘In such cases, the bride's parents' wishes are often highly respected by the other family.’
      • ‘Responsible smokers will respect he wishes of others.’
      • ‘If the arrested British citizen does not want any consular services, this wish will be respected.’
      • ‘Is there an interference with the right to respect for private life in this case?’
      • ‘People with dementia might have capacity to make this particular decision, and their views should be respected.’
      • ‘The family said they now hoped the media would respect their wish for privacy to be left alone to grieve.’
      • ‘The hospital refused to disclose the identity of the donor, saying the wishes of the child's family had to be respected.’
      • ‘Every pupil has the right to have his dignity respected, the regulations state.’
      • ‘His wish has been respected and his remains have been conveyed back to the land of his birth.’
      • ‘The trustees can be expected to respect these wishes once there is no family or appropriate person to whom the money should be paid.’
      • ‘They should be given the respect that such a title signifies, but they also have to respect your feelings and fears as well.’
      • ‘So surely that gives you the right to expect them to respect your feelings.’
      • ‘We regard ourselves as a compassionate, tolerant society that respects the rights of others.’
      • ‘So if Polly wants Phil to remain her friend she needs to respect his feelings.’
      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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    2. 1.2Avoid harming or interfering with.
      ‘it is incumbent upon all boaters to respect the environment’
      • ‘Although we now know better, it's a nice story - asking us to respect and nurture the environment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was no doubt helpful that he grew in a household with other users, in circumstances in which quiet was respected and desirable.’
      • ‘It is right that the culture and environment should be so respected.’
      • ‘Footpaths provide a safe environment for pedestrians and should be respected by all.’
    3. 1.3Agree to recognize and abide by (a legal requirement)
      ‘he urged all foreign nationals to respect the laws of their country of residence’
      • ‘And the law should respect such a stipulation in commercial negotiations.’
      • ‘He gave Quebec six months to start changing its forestry laws to respect the 25-year-old agreement.’
      • ‘If the Commission wins, the Court will merely declare that the member state has failed to respect the particular legal obligation.’
      • ‘The law has to be respected and the electoral process has to be honoured, even if an external agency acts as honest broker.’
      • ‘English courts generally respect the legal form the parties impose on a transaction and do not recharacterize it in another way.’
      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, stick to, stand by, heed
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  • with respect to

    • As regards; with reference to.

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

    • Because.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rather, according to their averments, the claim was for recompense in respect that the respondents had, they said, been unjustly enriched.’
  • pay one's last respects

    • Show respect toward a dead person by attending their funeral.

      • ‘He had many friends in the area and they all attended his funeral to pay their last respects to the popular Jim.’
      • ‘Thousands thronged the streets of Paris at his funeral to pay their last respects.’
      • ‘Large crowds attended on both days to pay their last respects to Michael.’
      • ‘Many police officers, businessmen and members of the public attended the ceremonies to pay their last respects.’
      • ‘Hundreds turned out for her funeral at Strandhill Church last Sunday to pay their last respects.’
      • ‘This week thousands of people will be expected to pay their last respects during the funerals on Wednesday.’
      • ‘His burial took place in Ballybracken Cemetery where a large crowd attended to pay their last respects.’
      • ‘Nearly 300 plantation workers, young people and villagers attended to pay their last respects.’
      • ‘Mourners paid their last respects at the funeral of a teenager who died after playing in a football match.’
      • ‘Huge crowds attended to pay their last respects to a very popular gentleman.’
      regards, kind regards, kindest regards, compliments, greetings, best wishes, good wishes, felicitations, salutations
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    • see pay
      regards, kind regards, kindest regards, compliments, greetings, best wishes, good wishes, felicitations, salutations
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  • pay one's respects

    • Make a polite visit to someone.

      ‘we went to pay our respects to the head lama’
      • ‘Earlier Wednesday, he visited the embassy to pay his respects.’
      • ‘Unlike my last visit, no one bothered us while we paid our respects.’
      • ‘Quite a few people I've spoken to will be going and paying their respects.’
      • ‘Should I visit him and pay my respects, after the way he had treated me?’
      • ‘Galileo visited Rome in 1624 to pay his respects to Urban, and several events at that time led to his beginning work on another book.’
      • ‘All around, people queued in a polite but formal way to pay their respects.’
      • ‘Traditionally, people visited their home villages to pay their respects to family.’
      • ‘I visit here every Valentine's to pay my respects and tell her what's been going on in my life.’
      • ‘A constant stream of visitors have been paying their respects to the family.’
      • ‘Several hundred people have been coming by throughout the day paying their 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 or criticism.

      ‘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.’
      • ‘I disagree with that, with all due respect to my friend William.’
      • ‘And with all due respect to that view, it is a legitimate view.’
      • ‘And with all due respect, I think the President enjoys the benefit of many of the policies that began under his predecessor.’
      • ‘No, with all due respect to my friend, I disagree with that.’
      • ‘But with all due respect, he was elected twice governor of Texas.’
      • ‘However, with all due respect, I disagree with his characterization of the man as a realist.’
      • ‘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 to my scientific training, I am not sure that I am the man to read on this subject.’
      • ‘Well, you know, with all due respect, there's simply no consistency there.’


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