respond - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
verb 

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/rɪˈspɒnd/
present tense
I/you/we/theyrespond
he/she/itresponds
present participleresponding
past tenseresponded
past participleresponded
  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. 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.