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Meaning of “respect” in the English Dictionary

"respect" in British English

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respectnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈspekt/
  • respect noun (ADMIRATION)

B1 [U] admirationfelt or ​shown for someone or something that you ​believe has good ​ideas or ​qualities: I havegreat/the ​greatest respect for his ​ideas, ​although I don't ​agree with them. She is a ​formidablefigure who commands a ​greatdeal of respect (= who is ​greatlyadmired by ​others). New ​teachers have to earn/​gain the respect oftheirstudents.
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  • respect noun (HONOUR)

B1 [U] politeness, ​honour, and ​careshown towards someone or something that is ​consideredimportant: You really should ​treatyourparents with more respect. She has no respect for other people's ​property (= she does not ​treat it ​carefully). [U] a ​feeling that something is ​right or ​important and you should not ​attempt to ​change it or ​harm it: In ​theirsenselesskilling of ​innocentpeople, the ​terrorists have showntheirlack of respect forhumanlife. She ​grumbled that ​youngpeople today have/show no respect for the law. [U] the ​feeling you show when you ​accept that different ​customs or ​cultures are different from ​your own and ​behave towards them in a way that would not ​causeoffence: She ​teaches the ​students to have respect for different ​races and ​appreciate the ​diversity of other ​cultures.sb's respects formal politeformalgreetings: Please convey/give my respects toyourparents.

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  • respect noun (FEATURE)

B2 [C] a ​particularfeature or ​detail: This ​proposaldiffers from the last one in many ​important respects/one ​important respect. In most respects, the new ​film is ​better than the ​original.

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respectverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈspekt/
  • respect verb [T] (ADMIRE)

B1 to ​feel or show ​admiration for someone or something that you ​believe has good ​ideas or ​qualities: I ​deeply respect David for what he has ​achieved.respect yourself to be ​proud of ​your own ​qualities or ​achievements

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  • respect verb [T] (HONOUR)

to ​treat something or someone with ​kindness and ​care: to respect someone's ​feelings We should respect the ​environment and not ​pollute it.B2 to ​accept the ​importance of someone's ​rights or ​customs and to do nothing that would ​harm them or ​causeoffence: The ​agreement will respect the ​rights of both ​nations. I would ​appreciate it if you would respect my privacy. to ​accept that something is ​right or ​important and not to ​attempt to ​change it or ​harm it: The ​presidentpledged to respect the ​existingfrontiers between the two ​countries. to ​think that it is ​important to ​obey a ​law or ​rule: I was always ​taught to respect the ​law.respect sb's wishes B2 to do what someone has ​asked to have done: His ​children respected his lastwishes and ​held a ​simplefuneral for him.
(Definition of respect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"respect" in American English

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respectnoun

 us   /rɪˈspekt/
  • respect noun (ADMIRATION)

[U] admiration for someone or something that you ​believe has good ​ideas or ​qualities: I ​believepeople had more respect for ​teachers back then.
  • respect noun (POLITE ATTITUDE)

[U] the ​politeattitudeshown toward someone or something that you ​considerimportant: Some ​drivers don’t have any respect for other ​motorists. [U] Respects are ​politeexpressions of ​greeting or ​sympathy: [pl] Give my respects to ​yourparents. [pl] We ​stopped by the ​funeralhome to ​payour respects.
  • respect noun (FEATURE)

[C] a ​particularfeature or ​detail: In some respects, I had to ​admit, I had ​behavedfoolishly.
respectful
adjective  us   /rɪˈspekt·fəl/
The protestors were respectful and ​polite.
respectfully
adverb  us   /rɪˈspekt·fə·li/
Most ​oldacquaintancesaddress him respectfully as "Governor."

respectverb [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 ​deepknowledge of American ​history, he wasn’t a very ​effectiveteacher.
(Definition of respect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"respect" in Business English

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respectnoun [U]

uk   us   /rɪˈspekt/
in respect of (also with respect to) in ​connection with something: Legislation will be ​introduced in respect of the ​proposals in the Finance Bill. FINANCE in ​order to ​pay for something: I have ​arranged a ​banktransfer in respect of your ​invoice for January.
(Definition of respect from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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