Meaning of “respective” in the English Dictionary

"respective" in British English

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respectiveadjective [ before noun ]

uk /rɪˈspek.tɪv/ us /rɪˈspek.tɪv/
adverb uk /rɪˈspek.tɪ us /rɪˈspek.tɪ


  • The two meals cost 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 storage tanks 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)