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noun respect pronunciation in American English /rɪˈspekt/
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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 peers.
    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
    The two stories differ in fundamental respects.
    in this respect: In this respect, we are no different from other people.



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