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Meaning of respond

re•spond

Pronunciation: (ri-spond'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to reply or answer in words: to respond briefly to a question.
  2. to make a return by some action as if in answer: to respond generously to a charity drive.
  3. to react favorably.
  4. to exhibit some action or effect as if in answer; react: Nerves respond to a stimulus.
  5. to correspond (usually fol. by to).
  6. to make a response.
—v.t.
  1. to say in answer; reply.
—n.
  1. a half pier, pilaster, or the like projecting from a wall as a support for a lintel or an arch, the other side of which is supported on a free-standing pier or column.
    1. a short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.
    2. responsory.
    3. response.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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