Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: respectus 'act of looking back', from respicere 'to look back, consider', from specere 'to look'


1 noun
re‧spect1 S1 W1


[uncountable] when you admire someone, especially because of their personal qualities, knowledge, or skills [↪ admiration]
respect for
I have the greatest respect for Jane's work.
win/earn/gain the respect of somebody
She has earned the respect of her fellow athletes.
He commands (=has and deserves) the respect of everyone in the profession.


[uncountable] when you regard something or someone as important and are careful not to harm them, treat them rudely etc [≠ disrespect]
respect for
Out of respect for the wishes of her family, the affair was not reported in the media.
The boys showed a complete lack of respect for authority.
with respect
Old people deserve to be treated with respect.

with (the greatest) respect/with (all) due respect

spoken formal say this before disagreeing with someone when you want to be polite:
With respect, I think you're wrong.

for danger

[singular,uncountable] a careful attitude towards something or someone that could be dangerous
respect for
My fear turned into a respect for the sea.
People should have a healthy respect for alcohol (=a sensible careful attitude towards it).

in one respect/in some respects etc

used to say that something is true in one way, in some ways etc:
In many respects the new version is not as good as the old one.
Mum is very stubborn, and Kim takes after her in that respect.
see usage note case1



[plural] formal polite greetings
give/send your respects (to somebody)
Give my respects to your wife.
pay your respects (to somebody) British English (=make a polite visit)
I've come to pay my respects to Mrs O'Hara.

pay your last respects (to somebody)

MX to go to someone's funeral

in respect of something

formal concerning or in relation to something:
This is especially true in respect of the UK.

with respect to something

a) concerning or in relation to something:
the freedom of a property owner to make a contract with respect to his property
b) used to introduce a new subject, or to return to one that has already been mentioned:
With respect to your request, I am not yet able to agree.

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