Meaning of “response” in the English Dictionary

"response" in British English

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uk /rɪˈspɒns/ us /rɪˈspɑːns/

B2 [ C or U ] an answer or reaction:

Responses to our advertisement have been disappointing.
Her proposals met with an enthusiastic response.
I looked in her face for some response, but she just stared at me blankly.
Management have granted a ten percent pay rise in response to union pressure.

[ C ] any of the parts sung or said, in some religious ceremonies, by the people in answer to the parts said or sung by the priest

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  • The response to our advertisement has been somewhat disappointing.
  • Have you managed to elicit a response from them yet?
  • We must make an immediate response.
  • So far, £50 000 has been pledged in response to the appeal.
  • The patient's responses are recorded on a sensitive piece of equipment which gives extremely accurate readings.

(Definition of “response” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"response" in American English

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responsenoun [ C/U ]

us /rɪˈspɑns/

something said or done as a reaction to something that has been said or done; an answer or reaction:

[ C ] She’s applied for admission and is still waiting for a response from the school.
The law was passed by the town council in response to (= as a result of) complaints from residents.

biology A response is also a reaction of an organism to a change in its environment.

(Definition of “response” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"response" in Business English

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responsenoun [ C or U ]

uk /rɪˈspɒns/ us

an answer to a question, letter, email, etc.:

response to sth Consumers get no response to telephone inquiries for help.
I am writing in response to your email.
a written response

a reaction to something that has happened:

He spoke in response to the news that the business had failed.
response from sb The recent Shanghai sell-off prompted virtually no response from more established markets.
a mixed/positive response

(Definition of “response” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)