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Dictionary Definition



1 show a response or a reaction to something [syn: react]
2 reply or respond to; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation" [syn: answer, reply]
3 respond favorably or as hoped; "The cancer responded to the aggressive therapy"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To say something in return; to answer; to reply.
  2. To act in return; to exhibit some action or effect in return to a force or stimulus; to do something in response; to accord.
  3. To correspond; to suit.
  4. To satisfy; to answer.
    The prisoner was held to respond the judgment of the court.

Derived terms


  1. A response.
  2. A versicle or short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.
  3. A half-pillar, pilaster, or any corresponding device engaged in a wall to receive the impost of an arch.

See also


Extensive Definition

A respond is a half-pier or half-pillar which is bonded into a wall and designed to carry the springer at one end of an arch.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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