respect - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a feeling of admiration that you have for someone because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way
    respect for:

    Students show their respect for the teacher by not talking.

    gain/lose (someone’s) respect:

    She has worked hard to gain the respect of her colleagues.

    treat someone with respect:

    Children should treat their parents with respect.

    a mark of respect:

    We stood silent as a mark of respect for the dead.

    mutual respect (=when two people show respect for each other):

    The negotiations proceeded in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a feeling that something is important and deserves serious attention
    respect for:

    When I was young, people had a healthy respect for the law.

    They had instilled in him a respect for his traditional culture.

  3. 3
    [countable] an aspect of something
    in this respect:

    In this respect, we are no different from other people.

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