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re·spect  audio  (r-spkt) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
re·spect·ed, re·spect·ing, re·spects
  1. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
  2. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit.
  3. To relate or refer to; concern.
NOUN:
  1. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem. See Synonyms at regard.
  2. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.
  3. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
  4. respects Polite expressions of consideration or deference: pay one's respects.
  5. A particular aspect, feature, or detail: In many respects this is an important decision.
  6. Usage Problem Relation; reference. See Usage Note at regard.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English, regard, from Old French, from Latin respectus, from past participle of respicere, to look back at, regard : re-, re- + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
re·specter(Noun)


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