July 21, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
respond /rɪˈspɑːnd/ verb

responds; responded; responding

The fire department responded quickly to the emergency call.
The fire department responded quickly to the emergency call.
Learner's definition of RESPOND

1 : to say or write something as an answer to a question or request : reply

[no object]

  • She hasn't yet responded to my letter.

  • My mother responded to my request with a firm no.

  • The teacher asked a question, but the student didn't respond.

[+ object]

  • “Are you ready?” he asked. “No,” she responded.

  • When I asked him what he was doing, he responded that it was none of my business.

[no object]

2 : to do something as a reaction to something that has happened or been done

  • Police quickly responded to the call for help.

  • she responded to their decision by threatening to quit.

: to have a particular reaction to something

  • He doesn't respond [=react] well to criticism.

  • Most readers responded favorably to the book. [=most readers liked the book]

3 [no object] : to have a good or desired reaction to something

  • The patient is responding to the treatment. [=the patient is getting better because of the treatment]

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