respect Definition

  • 1a feeling of admiration for someone because of their qualities, achievements, or status
  • 2due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others

Using respect: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "respect" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have great respect for my parents.

  • Example

    The teacher commanded respect from her students.

  • Example

    We must show respect for other cultures and traditions.

  • Example

    He showed respect for the law by obeying it.

respect Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for respect

Idioms Using respect

  • to behave in a way that shows consideration and admiration for someone or something


    You need to show some respect for your elders.

  • to stop admiring or respecting someone because of something they have done


    I lost respect for him when I found out he had lied to me.

  • to admire or hold someone or something in high esteem


    I have a lot of respect for people who work hard to achieve their goals.

Phrases with respect

  • with reference to; in relation to


    In respect of your request, we will send you the necessary information.

  • pay one's respects

    to visit or acknowledge someone as a sign of respect


    I went to pay my respects to the family after hearing about their loss.

  • used to politely disagree with someone or criticize them


    With all due respect, I don't think your plan is going to work.

Origins of respect

from Latin 'respectus', meaning 'regard, a looking at'


Summary: respect in Brief

The term 'respect' [rɪˈspɛkt] refers to admiration for someone's qualities, achievements, or status, or due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. It can be shown through actions like paying one's respects or losing respect for someone. The phrase 'with all due respect' is used to politely disagree or criticize. 'Respect' is often associated with formal language and can be expressed informally through phrases like 'mad love.'

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