• WordNet 3.6
    • v respond show a response or a reaction to something
    • v respond respond favorably or as hoped "The cancer responded to the aggressive therapy"
    • v respond react verbally "She didn't want to answer","answer the question","We answered that we would accept the invitation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: in microsoft 1998 edition if your keyboard isnt responding it displays "keyboard not responding press enter to continue"
    • Respond (Arch) A half pier or pillar attached to a wall to support an arch.
    • Respond (Eccl) A short anthem sung at intervals during the reading of a chapter.
    • Respond An answer; a response.
    • Respond To answer; to reply.
    • Respond To render satisfaction; to be answerable; as, the defendant is held to respond in damages.
    • Respond To say somethin in return; to answer; to reply; as, to respond to a question or an argument.
    • Respond To show some effect in return to a force; to act in response; to accord; to correspond; to suit. "A new affliction strings a new cord in the heart, which responds to some new note of complaint within the wide scale of human woe.""To every theme responds thy various lay."
    • Respond To suit or accord with; to correspond to. "For his great deeds respond his speeches great."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • respond To make answer; give a reply in words; specifically, to make a liturgical response.
    • respond To answer or reply in any way; exhibit some action or effect in return to a force or stimulus.
    • respond To correspond; suit.
    • respond To be answerable; be liable to make payment: as, the defendant is held to respond in damages.
    • respond To answer to; correspond to.
    • respond To answer; satisfy, as by payment: as, the prisoner was held to respond the judgment of the court.
    • n respond An answer; a response.
    • n respond In liturgics: A versicle or short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection. In the Anglican Church the responses to the commandments (Kyries) are responds in this sense.
    • n respond A response.
    • n respond In architecture, a half-pillar, pilaster. or any corresponding device engaged in a wall to receive the impost of an arch.
    • respond In biology, to react under a stimulus in such a way as to prepare for or escape from an event of which, in course of nature, the stimulus is the sign, signal, or constant antecedent; answer back to a stimulus by an action that commends itself to the human observer as prudent and judicious. See response, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • v.i Respond rē-spond′ to answer or reply: to correspond to or suit: to be answerable: to make a liturgical response: to be liable for payment
    • v.t Respond to satisfy
    • n Respond a versicle, &c., occurring at intervals, as in the responses to the commandments in the Anglican service:
    • n Respond one who answers, esp. in a law-suit: one who refutes objections
    • n Respond an office-book containing the responsories
    • n Respond a portion of a psalm sung between the missal lections: the answer of the people to the priest in church service: a response book
    • n Respond (archit.) a pilaster, &c., in a wall for receiving the impost of an arch
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  • Lou Holtz
    “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
  • David Mamet
    “We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dream life.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.”
  • Lou Holtz
    “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”
  • James Allen
    “No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it”
  • Richard M. DeVos
    Richard M. DeVos
    “Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. respondre, F. répondre, fr. L. respondere, responsum,; pref. re-, re- + spondere, to promise. See Sponsor


In literature:

Two or three times Jim tried to open a conversation, but Percy responded only in monosyllables.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
I wondered if she would respond to her ancestry if placed among arduous experiences.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
By responding to this demand the same thinkers may win our admiration.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
The farmers are responding to this new interest and are beginning to have great confidence in the colleges.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
Thus to this theory of interpretation the whole Bible responds easily and reasonably.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
And to the girl's sensitive and shy advances, here and there, some woman responded.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
And she responded in the same manner; she did not draw back when their arms accidentally met.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Not one, but half a dozen echoes at least responded, and, with a thrill, the girl sat up.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Doggie, although half stupefied with fatigue, responded to the sentiment, like the rest.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Their failure to respond with their customary defense aroused his suspicions.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson

In poetry:

The bell is pealing,
And every feeling
Within me responds
To the dismal knell;
"Afternoon in February" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And if one die,--the grave
Will warm his hands and feet!
Dost to my song respond?
Nay? Then it is complete.
"The Song Of The Spensthrift" by Ivan Nikitin
Far beyond the sunrise and the sunset rises
Heaven, with worlds on worlds that lighten and respond:
Thought can see not thence the goal of hope's surmises
Far beyond.
"Plus Ultra" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
While our boys have responded And to the fields have gone,
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Our noble women also Have aided them at home,
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!—CHORUS
"The Battle Cry Of Freedom (Southern Version)" by Anonymous Americas
I love thee, my darling, both now and forever,
My heart feels the thralldom of love's mystic spell,
'Tis fettered with shackles which nothing can sever,
To the heart which responds to its passionate swell.
"Love's Plea." by Alfred Castner King
Then the Black Watch responded with a loud shout,
And charged them with their bayonets without fear or doubt;
And the French tried hard to stand the charge, but it was all in vain,
And in confusion they all fled across the sandy plain.
"The Battle of Alexandria" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Spring has exploded with life in this Victorian resort town in the heart of the Ozarks and the city is responding by unveiling her gardening secrets to strangers.
Police respond to family argument over burglary.
Denton police responded to a Thanksgiving Day argument between a father and son in the 400 block of Mockingbird Lane on Thursday.
Richmond County deputies responded to several accidents after a driver crossed a median on Bobby Jones Expressway at Deans Bridge Road around 1:20 pm Wednesday.
Emile Fair responds to allegations of missing funds and the drive to have him removed as Booker T 's first White head football coach.
El Paso Electric responded to Consolidated Edison's call for help and send 28 El Pasoans to assist in the restoration of electricity.
Page responded to Bowser 's criticisms of the media.
This morning, the Boy Scouts of America responded to media reports about its membership policy.
In a news release, authorities said Deputy Jared Rivera was called to a home on Saturday evening to respond to a possible suicidal person.
Police and fire agencies in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls.
Investigators with Tarrant County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call that a dead body was found near the 6900 block of Liberty School Tap Road near Pelican Bay.
OnSSI responds to budgetary crisis in schools.
Starting Friday and then for the next two years, no one but those responding to emergencies will be able to drive directly from Burley -Olalla Road to State Route 16.
Firefighters from several towns responded.
The Wolfforth Fire Department responded 10 minutes later and found two structures ablaze.

In science:

Because of its viscosity, only the normal fluid responds to a small, applied velocity field.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
We consider here how the ground state and the magnetization Fz respond to the applied magnetic field p.
Theory of spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensates: spin-correlations, magnetic response, and excitation spectra
The quantities r and ∆r can also be seen as measures of how a network responds to a small perturbation.
Random maps and attractors in random Boolean networks
Making unbiased estimates from hidden populations using respondent driven sampling.
Tomography of random social networks
This is because, at this T , the pumping term already dominates (1st term in Eq. (3)) while the former is still responding to temperature changes (2nd term in Eq. (3)), as we shall show in the next figure.
A conclusive demonstration of vibrational pumping and determination of SERS cross sections