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verb [transitive] respect pronunciation in British English /rɪˈspekt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerespecting
past tenserespected
past participlerespected
  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 a colleague.

  2. 2
    to show that you understand the importance of something by not doing anything against it

    Doctors must respect the wishes of patients.

    We expect all governments 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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