respond Definition

  • 1to say or do something as a reaction to something that has been said or done
  • 2to react in a particular way to something

Using respond: Examples

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

  • Example

    She responded to his question with a smile.

  • Example

    The company quickly responded to the customer's complaint.

  • Example

    He responded to the news with shock and disbelief.

  • Example

    The athlete responded to the challenge by training harder.

respond Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for respond

Idioms Using respond

  • to answer 'yes' to a question or request


    When asked if he wanted to go to the concert, he responded in the affirmative.

  • to answer 'no' to a question or request


    When asked if she had seen the missing book, she responded in the negative.

  • to react very quickly


    When he heard the alarm, he responded like a shot and ran out of the building.

Phrases with respond

  • to react to something in the same way it was presented


    If someone is rude to you, don't respond in kind. Instead, be polite and respectful.

  • to fulfill one's responsibilities or obligations


    As a police officer, it is important to respond to the call of duty and protect the community.

  • to react with excitement or eagerness


    The students responded with enthusiasm when they heard about the field trip.

Origins of respond

from Latin 'respondere', meaning 'to answer'


Summary: respond in Brief

The verb 'respond' [rɪˈspɒnd] means to react to something that has been said or done, or to react in a particular way to something. It can be used in various contexts, such as responding to a question, a complaint, or news. Phrases like 'respond in kind' and 'respond to the call of duty' provide additional nuances to the word. Idioms like 'respond in the affirmative' and 'respond like a shot' add further depth to its usage.

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