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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun response:


Response is a member of the word family respond, 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 response

What does response mean as a name of something?

Response is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: responses

  1. a result
    • example: this situation developed in response to events in Africa
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • more generic words: consequence / effect / event / issue / outcome / result / upshot = a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    • more specific word: reaction = a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude
  2. a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent
  3. a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of response: answer / reply
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
    • more specific words:
      • rescript = a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
      • feedback = response to an inquiry or experiment
  4. the manner in which something is greeted
  5. a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: phrase = an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
  6. the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
  7. the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: fashion / manner / mode / style / way = how something is done or how it happens

Alternative definition of the noun response


  1. An answer or reply, or something in the nature of an answer or reply.
  2. The act of responding or replying; reply: as, to speak in response to a question.
  3. An oracular answer.
  4. (liturgics) A verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in sequence or reply to the priest or officiant.
  5. (liturgics) A versicle or anthem said or sung during or after a lection; a respond or responsory.
  6. A reply to an objection in formal disputation.
  7. An online advertising performance metric representing one click-through from an online ad to its destination URL


Response is a musical group.

  • album: "Response"


  1. "Response" is the fifth studio album by Christian Alternative-Contemporary-Rock-Worship musician Phil Wickham. It was released on October 4, 2011 by label Fair Trade Services, his fourth album released under that label. The album was produced by Brown Bannister and Peter Kipley.
  2. "Response" is a musical album of Alexander Kowalski.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  3. "Response" is a musical album of Dave I.D..
    • released on
  4. "Response" is a musical album of Response.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  5. "Response" is a musical album of Raindancer.
    • released on (7 years ago)


  1. "Response" is a book written by Juliana Spahr.
    • genre: Poetry
    • award: - National Poetry Series, received by Juliana Spahr
  2. "Response" is a book by Penny Jordan.
    • genres: Romance novel, Fiction
    • subject: Adult


Response is a contact centre company based in Glasgow. The company is a provider of outsourced contact centre services and software solutions. The company deliver a full range of customer contact activities including customer service, retention, win-back, up-sell, cross-sell, web chat, complaints handling, appointment setting and general customer management.

  • also known as Response Handling Call Centre - Ibrox

Phrases with Response

  1. response time
  2. Fractal Response Time
  3. Host Response
  4. Canned response
  5. immune response
  6. reflex response
  7. learned response
  8. startle response
  9. Allergic response
  10. Emergency Response
  11. frequency response
  12. anamnestic response
  13. conditional response
  14. conditioned response
  15. immunologic response
  16. Orientating Response
  17. electrodermal response
  18. galvanic skin response
  19. humoral immune response
  20. psychogalvanic response

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Response

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Google previewFerri's Best Test (2014)

A Practical Guide to Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging by Fred F. Ferri

A normal response is a change in glucose from fasting value to more than 30 mg/ dl. An inconclusive response is an increase of 20 to 30 mg/dl; an abnormal response is an increase less than 20 mg/dl. Elevated in: lactase deficiency Lanoxin; ...

Google previewCertified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination Preparation (2011)

A Concise Guide to the Rehabilitation Counselor Test by Fong Chan, PhD, CRC, Malachy Bishop, PhD, CRC, Julie Chronister, PhD, CRC, Eun-Jeong Lee, PhD, CRC, Chung-Yi Chiu, PhD

Cognitive response refers to how an individual chooses to think or ...

Google previewSpiders in Ecological Webs (1995)

by David H. Wise

The numerical response is the change in population density of predators as a function of changing prey density.

Google previewHandbook of Veterinary Neurology (2010)

by Michael D. Lorenz, Joan Coates, Marc Kent

The response is an extension of the limb opposite the stimulated limb.18 Anatomy and Physiology. The crossed extensor reflex is a part of the normal supporting mechanism of the animal. The weight of an animal in a standing position is ...

Google previewMaterials Metrology and Standards for Structural Performance (2012)

by B.F. Dyson, S. Loveday, Mark Gee

Its lightly damped response is a good starting point from which to demonstrate the damping properties of derivative action. The centre trace shows what happens when the derivative gain Ka is increased ...

Google previewBasic Clinical Anesthesia (2015)

by Paul K. Sikka, Shawn T. Beaman, James A. Street

Clinically, the facial nerve response is a better predictor of intubating conditions, whereas the ulnar nerve response is a better predictor of pharyngeal muscle recovery. The latter may prove useful in determining whether extubation criteria are ...

Google previewHandbook of Applied Behavior Analysis (2011)

by Wayne W. Fisher, Cathleen C. Piazza, Henry S. Roane

was presented following the response is a positive reinforcer, and if the response does not increase in the future, the stimulus that was presented following the response is a not a positive reinforcer. Given that positive reinforcement cannot ...

Google previewFourier Methods in Imaging (2010)

by Roger L. Easton Jr.

- Ax and the impulse response is the periodic SINC function that has been sampled. The resulting output is interpolated by the SINC function, thus producing “ringing” artifacts at both ...

Google previewThe Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup, Third Edition (2012)

by Merv Fingas

The heave response is the boom's ability to conform to sharp waves. It is indicated by the reserve buoyancy and...

The roll response refers to the boom's ability to remain upright in the water and not roll over. Uses of Booms Booms are used to ...

Google previewEssentials of WJ IV Tests of Achievement (2015)

by Nancy Mather, Barbara J. Wendling

point: A 1-point response is a standard response. Excluding beginning items, it is a complete sentence with adequate...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Chemical Engineering (2015)

by Muhammad Rashid Usman

Unbound moisture Bound moisture 100 n% relative humidity Line of equilibrium moisture Free moisture 0 Moisture contents Equilibrium moisture at n% relative humidity Undamped response: The response of a second order control system ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

DIRECT MARKETING The business definition of direct marketing is “any direct communication to consumer or business recipient that is designed to generate a response in the form of an order, a request for further information, and/or a visit to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

/ eyeblink response in rabbits (left), orbicularis oculi muscle activity in rodents ( middle), or eyeblink using infrared assessment in humans (right). (Middle row) The ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

UNCONDITIONED RESPONSE The original reflexive response to a stimulus that serves as the basis for establishing the conditioned response (pairing a new stimulus with the old one, as in Pavlov's dog).

Google previewFocal Illustrated Dictionary of Telecommunications (2013)

by Xerxes Mazda, Fraidoon Mazda

photopic response: The response curve of the human eye to electromagnetic radiation established ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms and Acronyms (2011)

by Us Department Of Defense

access memory CRB configuration review board CRC circuit routing chart; civil response corps; control and reporting center; CONUS replacement center; COOP response cell; cyclic redundancy rate CRD capstone requirements document; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health (2011)

by James M. Rippe

Although weakened, these vaccines replicate in the immunized patient, generating an immune response to produce antigen-specific antibodies and active immunity. These vaccines may produce mild symptoms but rarely cause serious ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Recorded Sound (2004)

by Frank Hoffmann

A perfect response would exhibit a zero dB level difference from 20 to 20,000 Hz. However, speaker-room combinations, even good ones, often show deviations exceeding +/− 5 dB. An outstanding setup (combining an excellent room, ...

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I prefer that for my own satisfaction over radio, there's no audience. TV, there's no audience. I need the response of the audience, even if it's a silent response. (Al Lewis)
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Scrabble value of R1E1S1P3O1N1S1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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