Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “respective”

respective

adjective [before noun] uk   /rɪˈspek.tɪv/ us  
C1 relating or belonging to each of the separate people or things you have just mentioned: Everyone would go into the hall for assembly and then afterwards we'd go to our respective classes. Clinton and Zedillo ordered their respective Cabinets to devise a common counter-drug strategy.Linking and relatingRegarding and concerning
respectively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
In the 200 metres, Lizzy and Sarah came first and third respectively (= Lizzy won the race and Sarah was third).Particular and individual
(Definition of respective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of respective?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “respective” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

aptitude

a natural ability or skill

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More