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respect

noun  us   /rɪˈspekt/

respect noun (ADMIRATION)

[U] admiration for someone or something that you believe has good ideas or qualities: I believe people had more respect for teachers back then.

respect noun (POLITE ATTITUDE)

[U] the polite attitude shown toward someone or something that you consider important: Some drivers don’t have any respect for other motorists. [U] Respects are polite expressions of greeting or sympathy: [pl] Give my respects to your parents. [pl] We stopped by the funeral home to pay our respects.

respect noun (FEATURE)

[C] a particular feature or detail: In some respects, I had to admit, I had behaved foolishly.
respectful
adjective  us   /rɪˈspekt·fəl/
The protestors were respectful and polite.
respectfully
adverb  us   /rɪˈspekt·fə·li/
Most old acquaintances address him respectfully as "Governor."

respect

verb [T]  us   /rɪˈspekt/

respect verb [T] (ADMIRATION)

to admire an ability or good quality, or to admire someone for the ability or qualities that person has: While I respected his deep knowledge of American history, he wasn’t a very effective teacher.
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