respective Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “respective” in the English Dictionary

"respective" in British English

See all translations

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/
More examples
  • 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…
What is the pronunciation of respective?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“respective” in British English

Word of the Day

be nothing short of

used to emphasize a situation, quality, or type of behaviour

Word of the Day

There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
by Kate Woodford,
November 25, 2015
In the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary the word ‘synonym’ is defined as ‘a word or phrase that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language’. As you might expect, definitions for this word are broadly similar in other dictionaries and yet the italicized

Read More 

climatarian adjective
climatarian adjective
November 23, 2015
choosing to eat a diet that has minimal impact on the climate, i.e. one that excludes food transported a long way or meat whose production gives rise to CO2 emissions Climate change is not normally on people’s minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for

Read More