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verb respond pronunciation in American English /rɪˈspɑnd/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrespond
he/she/itresponds
present participleresponding
past tenseresponded
past participleresponded

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to react to something by taking a particular course of action
    respond to:

    Colleges responded swiftly to the demand for new courses.

    respond (to something) by doing something:

    The body often responds to stress by getting sick.

    respond with:

    Protesters threw stones at police, who responded with rubber bullets.

    1. a.
      to react by doing what is needed, appropriate, or right for a particular situation

      She hugged him, but he didn't respond.

      respond to:

      The government should listen to industry and respond to its needs.

    2. b.
      to react well to medical treatment

      The infection should respond to antibiotics.

      The patient responded well to surgery.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to reply, especially in writing

    "I'm telling you it's not true," Martinez responded.

    respond to:

    Thousands of readers responded to our questionnaire.

    respond that:

    They responded that they would like to see the items.

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