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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb respond:


The word respond and its family (responded, respondent, respondents, responding, responds, response, responses, responsive, responsiveness, unresponsive) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun respond

What does respond mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: responds

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

Definition of the verb respond

What does respond mean as a doing word?

Respond is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: responded | responding | responds

  1. show a response or a reaction to something
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of respond: react
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific terms:
      • treat = regard or consider in a specific way
      • bristle = react in an offended or angry manner
      • flip out / flip = react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way
      • overreact = show an exaggerated response to something
      • answer = react to a stimulus or command
      • accept = be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal
      • stool = react to a decoy, of wildfowl
      • greet = react to in a certain way
      • explode = show a violent emotional reaction
      • accept = react favorably to
      • answer = respond to a signal
      • decline / refuse = show unwillingness towards
      • consent / accept / go for = give an affirmative reply to
      • marvel / wonder = be amazed at
      • acknowledge / notice = express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
      • refuse / reject / resist = resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
  2. react verbally
  3. respond favorably or as hoped
    • example: The cancer responded to the aggressive therapy
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: react = show a response or a reaction to something

Alternative definition of the verb respond


  1. [transitive or intransitive] To say something in return; to answer; to reply.
  2. [intransitive] 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. [intransitive] To correspond; to suit.
  4. [transitive] To satisfy; to answer.


"Respond" is a musical EP of Apokritheis.


  1. Respond a.k.a. Respond! is a housing association founded in Waterford, Ireland in the 1980s, by the Franciscan community there. Its mission was to provide housing for those with limited means such as young families and older persons. To date it has build over 5500 houses around Ireland, and is Ireland's Largest not-for-profit Housing Association. The association has its headquarters in Waterford but regional centres in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Dublin. Respond was responsible for various housing developments in Ennis, Waterford, Wexford and Youghal.
  2. Respond: 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.
  3. Respond is a 2011 Silver Telly Award winning ad, created for Compassion International.
    • award: - Telly Award for Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Online Video - Charitable/Not-for-profit, received by Grey Matter Group

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Respond

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Google previewEnhancing Educational Excellence, Equity and Efficiency (2012)

Evidence from evaluations of systems and schools in change by Roel J. Bosker, Bert P.M. Creemers, Sam Stringfield

The ability to respond is the main issue here. This responsiveness Ought, on the one hand, to improve how the administration handles its tasks, in other words the quality of the administration; and, on the other hand, to increase democracy in ...

Google previewThe Gini Methodology (2012)

A Primer on a Statistical Methodology by Shlomo Yitzhaki, Edna Schechtman

In general, the experience concerning nonresponse is that the propensity not to respond is a U-shaped function with respect to income. A plausible explanation can be that the rich tend not to participate, while the poor and the young are ...

Google previewMartin Luther's Theology (2008)

A Contemporary Interpretation by Oswald Bayer

More specifically, to respond means to praise that which faith produces, through which God is given what is appropriately owed to him in a productive way.55 To this belongs giving to others what has been given. “Thus we are also to give and ...

Google previewMicrosoft SQL Server 2012 Administration (2013)

Real-World Skills for MCSA Certification and Beyond (Exams 70-461, 70-462, and 70-463) by Tom Carpenter

The node currently configured to respond is the active node. For other nodes to respond, the active node must fail—intentionally or unintentionally—and the resources will then failover to the alternative node. The Failover Clustering Installation ...

Google previewWondering about Words (2005)

D'où viennent les mots anglais ? by Judith Andreyev

But whereas answer, with its Anglo-Saxon origin, is more common in everyday language, respond is the more formal word, more likely to be found in official contexts. In fact, the word responsible came into English from the Anglo-Norman legal ...

Google previewIntellectual Disability, Trauma and Psychotherapy (2008)

by Tamsin Cottis

Respond is a voluntary sector organization, based in Central London, managed by a Board of Trustees and part-funded by the UK Department of Health. It was established in 1991 and now provides a range of psychotherapeutic services to ...

Google previewThe Five Senses and Beyond: The Encyclopedia of Perception (2016)

The Encyclopedia of Perception by Jennifer L. Hellier

There are four main types of sensory receptors for touch: Meissner's corpuscles ( respond to moderate vibration and light touch), Pacinian corpuscles (respond to high vibrations and gross touch), Merkel nerve endings (respond to low ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Distinctions (2003)

by Danish Ahmed

RESPOND,. ACT,. REACT. REPRESENT. Scott Michael, a prominent leader in network marketing, says, "Discouragement is a luxury you can't afford. So you have to move on. You can't react, you have to act." Acting is deciding from scratch ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

Health Care Eligibility, Coverage, or Benefit Response Payer uses to respond to 270 requests. 276 Health Care Claim Status Request Provider uses to request the status of health care claims. 277 Health Care Claim Status Notification ...

Google previewVines Expository Dictionary of Old Testament Words

by W.E Vine, Rev Terry Kulakowski

to respond, answer, reply.” This root occurs in most Semitic languages, although it bears many meanings. With the meaning that undergirds it appears in Ugaritic, Akkadian, Arabic, post-biblical Hebrew, and biblical ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (2008)

by Paul J. Lavrakas

Item nonresponse involves sampled members of the target population who fail to respond to one or more survey questions. Unit nonresponse is the failure of sample members to respond to the entire survey. This can be due to respondents' ...

Google previewVine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1996)

With Topical Index by W. E. Vine, Merrill Unger

to respond, answer, reply.” This root occurs in most Semitic languages, although it bears many meanings. With the meaning that undergirds 'anah, it appears in Ugaritic, Akkadian, Arabic, postbiblical Hebrew, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Science (Print) (2004)

by Wilson G. Pond

INTRODUCTION The ability of pathogens to establish a successful infection is mediated by both intrinsic properties of the pathogen itself and the ability of the host to respond to the invading organism. The immune system is responsible for ...

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Small photo of Hokkaido, Japan - October 18, 2017 : Softbank's Pepper Robot in Sapporo. It is a humanoid robot named Pepper, which is claimed can identify human emotions and respond to them. It used AI technologySmall photo of Fire truck ready to respond to emergencySmall photo of BOSTON, MA, USA-October 15, 2017: Fire truck ready to respond to emergencySmall photo of Boston - Fire truck ready to respond to emergencySmall photo of Fire truck ready to respond to emergencySmall photo of Doha, Qatar, picture dated 14th of March 2018. Ambulance in Doha ready to respond to any emergency.Small photo of Unrecognizable service provider activates cloud containers to respond to point-in-time demand. IT concept for microservices, containerization, service architecture, scalability, orchestration system. More...

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Quotes about Respond

The matinee audiences are different because they're mostly kids, a great percentage kids. So they respond to everything differently, but I understand what they do respond to. (Rue McClanahan)
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Scrabble value of R1E1S1P3O1N1D2

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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