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verb [transitive] respect pronunciation in American English /rɪˈspekt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerespecting
past tenserespected
past participlerespected
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  1. 1
    to feel admiration for someone because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and show this by treating them in a polite and kind way
    He is highly respected in his profession.
    respect someone for (doing) something: People will respect you for telling the truth about this.
    respect someone as something: We work well together, and I respect him as an equal.
  2. 2
    to show that you understand the importance of something by not doing anything against it
    Doctors must respect the wishes of their patients.
    a promise to respect the rights of minorities
    1. a.
      to obey a rule, law, etc.
      The court’s decision must be respected.


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