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 Dictionary entry overview: What does respond mean? 

RESPOND (verb)
  The verb RESPOND has 3 senses:

1. show a response or a reaction to something
2. reply or respond to
3. respond favorably or as hoped

  Familiarity information: RESPOND used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

RESPOND (verb)

Sense 1respond [BACK TO TOP]


Show a response or a reaction to something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


react; respond

Hypernyms (to "respond" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "respond"):

treat (regard or consider in a specific way)

refuse; reject; resist (resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ)

acknowledge; notice (express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with)

marvel; wonder (be amazed at)

accept; consent; go for (give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to)

decline; refuse (show unwillingness towards)

answer (respond to a signal)

accept (react favorably to; consider right and proper)

explode (show a violent emotional reaction)

greet (react to in a certain way)

bristle (react in an offended or angry manner)

overreact (show an exaggerated response to something)

answer (react to a stimulus or command)

accept (be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal)

stool (react to a decoy, of wildfowl)

respond (respond favorably or as hoped)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Something ----s to somebody
Somebody ----s PP

Sense 2respond [BACK TO TOP]


Reply or respond to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


answer; reply; respond

Context examples:

She didn't want to answer / answer the question / We answered that we would accept the invitation

Hypernyms (to "respond" is one way to...):

say; state; tell (express in words)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "respond"):

call back (return or repeat a telephone call)

counter (speak in response)

field (answer adequately or successfully)

sass (answer back in an impudent or insolent manner)

come back; rejoin; repay; retort; return; riposte (answer back)

bridle (respond to the reins, as of horses)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to somebody

Sentence example:

They respond that there was a traffic accident

Sense 3respond [BACK TO TOP]


Respond favorably or as hoped

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The cancer responded to the aggressive therapy

Hypernyms (to "respond" is one way to...):

react; respond (show a response or a reaction to something)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

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