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respective

adjective [before noun]     /rɪˈspek.tɪv/
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     /-li/ adverb In the 200 metres, Lizzy and Sarah came first and third respectively (= Lizzy won the race and Sarah was third).Particular and individual
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