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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RESPECT', v.t. [L. respecto, or respectus, from respicio; re and specio, to view.]
1. To regard; to have regard to in design or purpose.
In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty, as variety of ground for fruits, trees and herbs.
2. To have regard to, in relation or connection; to relate to. The treaty particularly respects our commerce.
3. To view or consider with some degree of reverence; to esteem as possessed of real worth.
I always loved and respected Sir William.
4. To look towards.
Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so respect the south. [Not in use.]
To respect the person, to suffer the opinion or judgment to be influenced or biased by a regard to the outward circumstances of a person, to the prejudice of right and equity.
Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor. Leviticus 19.
Neither doth God respect any person. 1 Samuel 14.
RESPECT', n. [L. respectus.]
1. Regard; attention.
2. That estimation or honor in which men hold the distinguished worth or substantial good qualities of others. It expresses less than reverence and veneration, which regard elders and superiors; whereas respect may regard juniors and inferiors.
Respect regards the qualities of the mind, or the actions which characterize those qualities.
Seen without awe, and serv'd without respect.
3. That deportment or course of action which proceeds from esteem; regard; due attention; as, to treat a person with respect.
These same men treat the sabbath with little respect.
4. Good will; favor.
The Lord had respect to Abel and his offering. Genesis 4.
5. Partial regard; undue bias to the prejudice of justice; as the phrase, respect of persons. 1 Peter 1. James 2. Proverbs 24.
6. Respected character; as persons of the best respect in Rome.
7. Consideration; motive in reference to something.
Whatever secret respects were likely to move them -
8. Relation; regard; reference; followed by of, but more properly by to.
They believed but one Supreme Deity, which, with respect to the benefits men received from him, had several titles.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point; "it differs in that respect" [syn: respect, regard]
2: the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded); "it is held in esteem"; "a man who has earned high regard" [syn: esteem, regard, respect] [ant: disesteem]
3: an attitude of admiration or esteem; "she lost all respect for him" [syn: respect, esteem, regard] [ant: disrespect]
4: a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean" [syn: deference, respect]
5: behavior intended to please your parents; "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes" [syn: obedience, respect]
6: a feeling of friendship and esteem; "she mistook his manly regard for love"; "he inspires respect" [syn: regard, respect]
7: courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy" [syn: deference, respect, respectfulness] v
1: regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity" [syn: respect, esteem, value, prize, prise] [ant: disesteem, disrespect]
2: show respect towards; "honor your parents!" [syn: respect, honor, honour, abide by, observe] [ant: disrespect]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin respectus, literally, act of looking back, from respicere to look back, regard, from re- + specere to look — more at spy Date: 14th century 1. a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation <remarks having respect to an earlier plan> 2. an act of giving particular attention ; consideration 3. a. high or special regard ; esteem b. the quality or state of being esteemed c. plural expressions of respect or deference <paid our respects> 4. particular, detail <a good plan in some respects> II. transitive verb Date: 1560 1. a. to consider worthy of high regard ; esteem b. to refrain from interfering with <please respect their privacy> 2. to have reference to ; concern Synonyms: see regardrespecter noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 deferential esteem felt or shown towards a person or quality. 2 a (foll. by of, for) heed or regard. b (foll. by to) attention to or consideration of (without respect to the results). 3 an aspect, detail, particular, etc. (correct except in this one respect). 4 reference, relation (a morality that has no respect to religion). 5 (in pl.) a person's polite messages or attentions (give my respects to your mother). --v.tr. 1 regard with deference, esteem, or honour. 2 a avoid interfering with, harming, degrading, insulting, injuring, or interrupting. b treat with consideration. c refrain from offending, corrupting, or tempting (a person, a person's feelings, etc.). Phrases and idioms: in respect of as concerns; with reference to. in respect that because. with (or with all due) respect a mollifying formula preceding an expression of one's disagreement with another's views. Derivatives: respecter n. Etymology: ME f. OF respect or L respectus f. respicere (as RE-, specere look at) or f. respectare frequent. of respicere

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Respect Re*spect" (r?*sp?kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Respected; p. pr. & vb. n. Respecting.] [L. respectare, v. intens. from respicere, respectum, to look back, respect; pref. re- re- + specere, spicere, to look, to view: cf. F. respecter. See Spy, and cf. Respite.] 1. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed. Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood. --Shak. In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs. --Bacon. 2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor. ``I do respect thee as my soul.'' --Shak. 3. To look toward; to front upon or toward. [Obs.] Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so respect the ??uth. --Sir T. Browne. 4. To regard; to consider; to deem. [Obs.] To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar, And as his own respected him to death. --B. Jonson. 5. To have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to; as, the treaty particularly respects our commerce. As respects, as regards; with regard to; as to. --Macaulay. To respect the person or persons, to favor a person, or persons on corrupt grounds; to show partiality. ``Ye shall not respect persons in judgment.'' --Deut. i. 17. Syn: To regard; esteem; honor; revere; venerate.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Respect Re*spect", n. [L. respectus: cf. F. respect. See Respect, v., and cf. Respite.] 1. The act of noticing with attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care; caution. But he it well did ward with wise respect. --Spenser. 2. Esteem; regard; consideration; honor. Seen without awe, and served without respect. --Prior. The same men treat the Lord's Day with as little respect. --R. Nelson. 3. pl. An expression of respect of deference; regards; as, to send one's respects to another. 4. Reputation; repute. [Obs.] Many of the best respect in Rome. --Shak. 5. Relation; reference; regard. They believed but one Supreme Deity, which, with respect to the various benefits men received from him, had several titles. --Tillotson. 4. Particular; point regarded; point of view; as, in this respect; in any respect; in all respects. Everything which is imperfect, as the world must be acknowledged in many respects. --Tillotson. In one respect I'll be thy assistant. --Shak. 7. Consideration; motive; interest. [Obs.] ``Whatever secret respects were likely to move them.'' --Hooker. To the publik good Private respects must yield. --Milton. In respect, in comparison. [Obs.] --Shak. In respect of. (a) In comparison with. [Obs.] --Shak. (b) As to; in regard to. [Archaic] ``Monsters in respect of their bodies.'' --Bp. Wilkins. ``In respect of these matters.'' --Jowett. (Thucyd.) In, or With, respect to, in relation to; with regard to; as respects. --Tillotson. To have respect of persons, to regard persons with partiality or undue bias, especially on account of friendship, power, wealth, etc. ``It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.'' --Prov. xxiv. 23. Syn: Deference; attention; regard; consideration; estimation. See Deference.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(respects, respecting, respected) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If you respect someone, you have a good opinion of their character or ideas. I want him to respect me as a career woman... VERB: V n 2. If you have respect for someone, you have a good opinion of them. I have tremendous respect for Dean... N-UNCOUNT: usu N for n see also self-respect 3. If you respect someone's wishes, rights, or customs, you avoid doing things that they would dislike or regard as wrong. Finally, trying to respect her wishes, I said I'd leave. VERB: V n 4. If you show respect for someone's wishes, rights, or customs, you avoid doing anything they would dislike or regard as wrong. They will campaign for the return of traditional lands and respect for aboriginal rights and customs. N-UNCOUNT: usu N for n 5. If you respect a law or moral principle, you agree not to break it. It is about time tour operators respected the law and their own code of conduct. VERB: V nRespect is also a noun. ...respect for the law and the rejection of the use of violence. N-UNCOUNT: usu N for n 6. You can say with respect when you are politely disagreeing with someone or criticizing them. With respect, I hardly think that's the point. PHRASE: PHR with cl [politeness] 7. If you pay your respects to someone, you go to see them or speak to them. You usually do this to be polite, and not necessarily because you want to do it. (FORMAL) Carl had asked him to visit the hospital and to pay his respects to Francis. PHRASE: V inflects 8. If you pay your last respects to someone who has just died, you show your respect or affection for them by coming to see their body or their grave. The son had nothing to do with arranging the funeral, but came along to pay his last respects. PHRASE: V inflects 9. You use expressions like in this respect and in many respects to indicate that what you are saying applies to the feature you have just mentioned or to many features of something. The children are not unintelligent–in fact, they seem quite normal in this respect... PHRASE: PHR with cl 10. You use with respect to to say what something relates to. In British English, you can also say in respect of. (FORMAL) Parents often have little choice with respect to the way their child is medically treated... PHRASE: PHR with cl see also respected

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Esteem, reverence, regard, honor, revere, venerate, value, prize, think highly of, have a high opinion of, look up to, defer to. 2. Regard, relate to, refer to. 3. Regard, heed, consider, notice. II. n. 1. Esteem, reverence, veneration, homage, estimation, consideration, regard, honor, deference. 2. Favor, good-will, kind consideration. 3. Relation, reference, regard. 4. Regard, attention. 5. Matter, feature, point, particular, point of view.

Moby Thesaurus

Anschauung, OK, abide by, accept, acceptance, accord respect to, accordance, account, acquittal, acquittance, act up to, adhere to, adherence, admiration, admire, adoration, adore, advertence, advertency, affability, affect, agreeableness, alertness, allegiance, amenity, an in, angle, angle of vision, answer to, apotheosize, appertain to, applicability, application, apply to, appositeness, appreciate, appreciation, approbation, approval, approve, approve of, article, aspect, assiduity, assiduousness, assigned task, attend to, attention, attention span, attentiveness, attribute, awareness, awe, basis, be faithful to, be thoughtful of, bear on, bear upon, bearing, belong to, best wishes, bless, blessing, bounden duty, burden, business, call of duty, care, carrying out, case, characteristic, charge, civility, comity, commitment, comparison, complaisance, compliance, compliments, comply with, concentration, concern, concernment, configuration, conform to, conformance, conformity, connect, connection, consciousness, consider, considerateness, consideration, correspond to, count, countenance, courteousness, courtesy, credit, datum, deal with, dedication, defer to, deference, deify, detail, devoir, devoirs, devotion, diligence, discharge, do justice to, duties and responsibilities, duty, ear, earnestness, effect, eidolon, element, endorse, endorsement, entertain respect for, espial, espionage, esteem, estimation, ethics, etiquette, exalt, execution, eye, facet, fact, factor, fashion, favor, favorable regard, favorable vote, fealty, fear, feature, fellow feeling, figure, fill, follow, footing, form, frame of reference, framework, friendly relations, fulfill, fulfillment, germaneness, gestalt, good graces, good terms, good understanding, good wishes, goodwill, gracefulness, graciousness, greetings, guise, harmony, have connection with, have regard for, heed, heedfulness, heeding, hero-worship, hold by, hold in esteem, hold in reverence, hold with, homage, honor, idolize, image, imago, imperative, impression, incidental, instance, intentiveness, intentness, interest, involve, item, keep, keep faith with, keep in countenance, keeping, liaise with, light, likeness, line of duty, lineaments, link with, live up to, look, look up to, looking, lookout, loyalty, make good, manner, materiality, matter, meet, mental outlook, mindfulness, minor detail, minutia, minutiae, mission, must, mutual regard, nod, note, notice, obey, obligation, observance, observation, observe, onus, ought, outlook, particular, pay attention to, pay homage to, performance, pertain to, pertinence, phase, phasis, place, point, point of view, politeness, position, practice, prize, property, quality, rapport, refer to, reference, reference system, regard, regardfulness, regards, relate to, relatedness, relation, relevance, remark, respectfulness, respects, revere, reverence, salutations, sanction, satisfaction, satisfy, seal of approval, seeming, self-imposed duty, semblance, shape, side, sight, simulacrum, situation, slant, solicitousness, solicitude, spying, stamp of approval, stand, standpoint, style, sympathy, system, tact, tactfulness, take kindly to, thing, think highly of, think much of, think of, think well of, thought, thoughtfulness, tie in with, total effect, touch, touch upon, trait, treat of, twist, universe, uphold, urbanity, value, venerate, veneration, view, view with favor, viewing, viewpoint, voice, vote, watch, watching, wise, witnessing, worship, worth, yea, yea vote

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