Noun > Respect

Noun – Respect

1 : a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.


He has earned/gained/won their respect.

The soldier saluted as a sign of respect.

Despite our differences, I have enormous respect for him.

She has a lot of respect for his opinion. (=she values his opinion very highly)


I have a great respect for his accomplishments.

2 : a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way


She showed no respect (=consideration) for my feelings.

I expect to be treated with respect.

He has no respect for the rules. (=he does not obey/follow the rules; he disregards the rules)


He has a healthy respect for the dangers of the work he does. (=he is aware of the dangers and does the work in a careful way)

3 (count) : a particular way of thinking about or looking at something

The show was perfect in all respects. (=in every way)

Your theory makes sense in one respect.

In many respects (=in many ways), her life has been a hard one.

4 respects (plural) : a polite greeting or expression of kind feelings

Please give/send my respects to your parents. (=please tell your parents I said hello)

I paid my respects (=offered my condolences) to the family at the funeral.

We went to his funeral to pay our last/final respects.

with (all) (due) respect

— used as a polite or formal way of saying that you disagree with someone

I have to say, with all respect, that I don’t think your solution will work.

With all due respect, I must disagree with your conclusions.

with respect to formal also in respect to or chiefly British in respect of

about or concerning (something or someone) : in relation to (something or someone)

There is a question with respect to your earlier comments.

There have been problems with respect to transferring the data from the old computer to the new one.