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verb respond pronunciation in British English /rɪˈspɒnd/
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present tense
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 becoming ill.
    respond with: Protesters threw stones at police, who responded with rubber bullets.
    1. a.
      to react by doing what is needed, suitable, 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 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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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