February 02, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
respect /rɪˈspɛkt/ noun

plural respects

The men are showing respect to one another.
The men are showing respect to one another.
Learner's definition of RESPECT

1 : a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.


  • He has earned/gained/won their respect.

  • The soldier saluted as a sign of respect.

  • Despite our differences, I have enormous respect for him.

  • She has a lot of respect for his opinion. [=she values his opinion very highly]


  • I have a great respect for his accomplishments.

2 : a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way


  • She showed no respect [=consideration] for my feelings.

  • I expect to be treated with respect.

  • He has no respect for the rules. [=he does not obey/follow the rules; he disregards the rules]


  • He has a healthy respect for the dangers of the work he does. [=he is aware of the dangers and does the work in a careful way]

3 [count] : a particular way of thinking about or looking at something

  • The show was perfect in all respects. [=in every way]

  • Your theory makes sense in one respect.

  • In many respects [=in many ways], her life has been a hard one.

4 respects [plural] : a polite greeting or expression of kind feelings

  • Please give/send my respects to your parents. [=please tell your parents I said hello]

  • I paid my respects [=offered my condolences] to the family at the funeral.

  • We went to his funeral to pay our last/final respects.

with (all) (due) respect

— used as a polite or formal way of saying that you disagree with someone

  • I have to say, with all respect, that I don't think your solution will work.

  • With all due respect, I must disagree with your conclusions.

with respect to formal also in respect to or chiefly British in respect of

: about or concerning (something or someone) : in relation to (something or someone)

  • There is a question with respect to your earlier comments.

  • There have been problems with respect to transferring the data from the old computer to the new one.

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