respective Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “respective” in the English Dictionary

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respectiveadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /rɪˈspek.tɪv/
C1 relating or ​belonging to each of the ​separatepeople 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 ​orderedtheir respective Cabinets to ​devise a ​common counter-drug ​strategy.
adverb uk   us   /-li/
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  • The two ​mealscost us £50 and £80 respectively.
  • He ​earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Chicago University in 1968 and 1972 respectively.
  • Steven and James are ​aged 10 and 13 respectively.
  • Her two ​daughters, Jo and Fiona, were ​born in 1968 and 1975 respectively.
  • The ​storagetanks can ​hold 50, 100 and 200 ​litres of ​fuel respectively.
In the 200 ​metres, Lizzy and Sarah came first and third respectively (= Lizzy ​won the ​race and Sarah was third).
(Definition of respective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “respective”
in Chinese (Simplified) 各自的, 各个的, 分别的…
in Turkish kendi, herkes kendi, ayrı ayrı…
in Russian соответственный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 各自的, 各個的, 分別的…
in Polish odpowiedni, poszczególny…
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