Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

response - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable] response pronunciation in American English /rɪˈspɑns/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    a reaction

    Her response was to leave the room and slam the door.

    response to:

    There was an enthusiastic response to the suggestions.

    We’re studying the body’s immune response to the virus.

    in response to:

    In response to complaints, the company reviewed its safety procedures.

    response from:

    His comments sparked an angry response from dissatisfied customers.

  2. 2
    an answer to a question in a test, quiz, etc.

    I’m sorry; the correct response was “B.”

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a reply to any question or letter

      The survey got more than 1,000 responses.

      no response:

      I’ve left messages, but there’s been no response.


sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an electric skateboard

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play