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Webster 1913 Edition


Respect

Re-spect′

(r?-sp?kt′)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Respected
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Respecting
.]
[L.
respectare
, v. intens. from
respicere
,
respectum
, to look back, respect; pref.
re-
re- +
specere
,
spicere
, to look, to view: cf. F.
respecter
. See
Spy
, and cf.
Respite
.]
1.
To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.
Thou
respectest
not spilling Edward’s blood.
Shakespeare
In orchards and gardens, we do not so much
respect
beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs.
Bacon.
2.
To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor.
“I do respect thee as my soul.”
Shak.
3.
To look toward; to front upon or toward.
[Obs.]
Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so
respect
the [GREEK][GREEK]uth.
Sir T. Browne.
4.
To regard; to consider; to deem.
[Obs.]
To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar,
And as his own
respected
him to death.
B. Jonson.
5.
To have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to;
as, the treaty particularly
respects
our commerce
.
As respects
,
as regards; with regard to; as to.
Macaulay.
To respect the person
or
To respect the persons
,
to favor a person, or persons on corrupt grounds; to show partiality.
“Ye shall not respect persons in judgment.”
Deut. i. 17.
Syn. – To regard; esteem; honor; revere; venerate.

Re-spect′

,
Noun.
[L.
respectus
: cf. F.
respect
. See
Respect
,
Verb.
, and cf.
Respite
.]
1.
The act of noticing with attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care; caution.
But he it well did ward with wise
respect
.
Spenser.
2.
Esteem; regard; consideration; honor.
Seen without awe, and served without
respect
.
Prior.
The same men treat the Lord's Day with as little
respect
.
R. Nelson.
3.
pl.
An expression of respect of deference; regards;
as, to send one's
respects
to another
.
4.
Reputation; repute.
[Obs.]
Many of the best
respect
in Rome.
Shakespeare
5.
Relation; reference; regard.
They believed but one Supreme Deity, which, with
respect
to the various benefits men received from him, had several titles.
Tillotson.
4.
Particular; point regarded; point of view;
as, in this
respect
; in any
respect
; in all
respects
.
Everything which is imperfect, as the world must be acknowledged in many
respects
.
Tillotson.
In one
respect
I'll be thy assistant.
Shakespeare
7.
Consideration; motive; interest.
[Obs.]
“Whatever secret respects were likely to move them.”
Hooker.
To the publik good
Private
respects
must yield.
Milton.
In respect
,
in comparison.
[Obs.]
Shak.
In respect of
.
(a)
In comparison with.
[Obs.]
Shak.
(b)
As to; in regard to.
[Archaic]
“Monsters in respect of their bodies.”
Bp. Wilkins.
In respect of these matters.”
Jowett. (Thucyd.)
In respect to
, or
With respect to
,
in relation to; with regard to; as respects.
Tillotson.
To have respect of persons
,
to regard persons with partiality or undue bias, especially on account of friendship, power, wealth, etc.
“It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.”
Prov. xxiv. 23.
Syn. – Deference; attention; regard; consideration; estimation. See
Deference
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Respect

RESPECT'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. respecto, or respectus, from respicio; re and specio, to view.]
1.
To regard; to have regard to in design or purpose.
In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty, as variety of ground for fruits, trees and herbs.
2.
To have regard to, in relation or connection; to relate to. The treaty particularly respects our commerce.
3.
To view or consider with some degree of reverence; to esteem as possessed of real worth.
I always loved and respected Sir William.
4.
To look towards.
Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so respect the south. [Not in use.]
To respect the person, to suffer the opinion or judgment to be influenced or biased by a regard to the outward circumstances of a person, to the prejudice of right and equity.
Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor. Lev. 19.
Neither doth God respect any person. 2Sam. 14.

RESPECT'

,
Noun.
[L. respectus.]
1.
Regard; attention.
2.
That estimation or honor in which men hold the distinguished worth or substantial good qualities of others. It expresses less than reverence and veneration, which regard elders and superiors; whereas respect may regard juniors and inferiors.
Respect regards the qualities of the mind, or the actions which characterize those qualities.
Seen without awe, and serv'd without respect.
3.
That deportment or course of action which proceeds from esteem; regard; due attention; as, to treat a person with respect.
These same men treat the sabbath with little respect.
4.
Good will; favor.
The Lord had respect to Abel and his offering. Gen. 4.
5.
Partial regard; undue bias to the prejudice of justice; as the phrase, respect of persons. 1Peter 1. James 2. Prov. 24.
6.
Respected character; as persons of the best respect in Rome.
7.
Consideration; motive in reference to something.
Whatever secret respects were likely to move them -
8.
Relation; regard; reference; followed by of, but more properly by to.
They believed but one Supreme Deity, which, with respect to the benefits men received from him, had several titles.

Definition 2022


respect

respect

English

Noun

respect (countable and uncountable, plural respects)

  1. (uncountable) an attitude of consideration or high regard
    He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him.
    we do respect people for their dignity and worth.
  2. (uncountable) good opinion, honor, or admiration
  3. (uncountable, always plural) Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
    The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.
  4. (countable) a particular aspect of something
    This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "respect": great, high, utmost, absolute

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Verb

respect (third-person singular simple present respects, present participle respecting, simple past and past participle respected)

  1. To have respect for.
    She is an intellectual giant, and I respect her greatly.
  2. To have regard for something, to observe a custom, practice, rule or right.
    I respect your right to hold that belief, although I think it is nonsense.
  3. To abide by an agreement.
    They failed to respect the treaty they had signed, and invaded.
  4. To take notice of; to regard as worthy of special consideration; to heed.
    • Shakespeare
      Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood.
    • Francis Bacon
      In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs.
  5. (transitive, dated except in "respecting") To relate to; to be concerned with.
    • J. Lee
      Glandulation respects the secretory vessels, which are either glandules, follicles, or utricles.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
      I hope I may never again be in a state of mind so unchristian as the mental frame in which I lived for some weeks, respecting the memory of Master B.
  6. (obsolete) To regard; to consider; to deem.
    • Ben Jonson
      To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar, / And as his own respected him to death.
  7. (obsolete) To look toward; to face.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      Palladius adviseth, the front of his house should so respect the South []

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respect

  1. (Jamaica) hello, hi

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: greatest · property · started · #742: respect · that's · Christian · food

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Dutch

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Etymology

From French respect.

Noun

respect n (uncountable)

  1. respect

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French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin respectus. Doublet of répit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʁɛs.pɛ/

Noun

respect m (plural respects)

  1. respect

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Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from French respect, Latin respectus.

Noun

respect n (uncountable)

  1. respect, consideration, deference, esteem, regard

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