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respond

[ri-spond]
verb (used without object)
1.
to reply or answer in words: to respond briefly to a question.
2.
to make a return by some action as if in answer: to respond generously to a charity drive.
3.
to react favorably.
4.
Physiology. to exhibit some action or effect as if in answer; react: Nerves respond to a stimulus.
5.
to correspond (usually followed by to ).
6.
Bridge. to make a response.
verb (used with object)
7.
to say in answer; reply.
noun
8.
Architecture. a half pier, pilaster, or the like projecting from a wall as a support for a lintel or an arch, the other side of which is supported on a free-standing pier or column.
9.
Ecclesiastical.
a.
a short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.

Origin:
1350–1400; (noun) Middle English: responsory < Old French, derivative of respondre to respond < Latin respondēre to promise in return, reply, answer, equivalent to re- re- + spondēre to pledge, promise (see sponsor); (v.) < Latin respondēre

overrespond, verb
unresponding, adjective


1. rejoin. 2. rise, react, reply.
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respond (rɪˈspɒnd)
 
vb (foll by to)
1.  to state or utter (something) in reply
2.  (intr) to act in reply; react: to respond by issuing an invitation
3.  to react favourably: this patient will respond to treatment
4.  an archaic word for correspond
 
n
5.  architect a pilaster or an engaged column that supports an arch or a lintel
6.  Christianity a choral anthem chanted in response to a lesson read at a church service
 
[C14: from Old French respondre, from Latin rēspondēre to return like for like, from re- + spondēre to pledge; see spouse, sponsor]
 
re'spondence
 
n
 
re'spondency
 
n
 
re'sponder
 
n

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respond
c.1300, respound, from O.Fr. respondere "respond, correspond," from L. respondere "respond, answer to, promise in return," from re- "back" + spondere "to pledge" (see spondee). Modern spelling and pronunciation is from c.1600.
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