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

respect

1 noun
     
re‧spect1 S1 W1
1

admiration

[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.
2

consideration

[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.
3

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.
4

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).
5

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
6

greetings

respects

[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.
7

pay your last respects (to somebody)

MX to go to someone's funeral
8

in respect of something

formal concerning or in relation to something:
This is especially true in respect of the UK.
9

with respect to something

formal
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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