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[ verb ] show a response or a reaction to something

Synonyms

react

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

In it important elements of Christianity and of the Biblical view of reality in_general , which now cause us much difficulty , could be responded to quite naturally and spontaneously .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Dance teachers can respond to President_Kennedy 's request not_only through their regular dance work , but also through the kind of basic gymnastic work that makes_for strength and flexibility .

(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)

It seems likely that the Indian_python comes_out ahead because records of its growth have been made more carefully and frequently ; it responds exceptionally well to captivity and does not reach proportions that make it hard to keep .

(Jacob Robbins et al., "The thyroid-stimulating...)

The anterior lobe of the pituitary then responds by an increased output of TSH , causing the thyroid to enlarge .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

Particularly when based upon a single dominant party , governments may respond to such a situation by claiming a monopoly of understanding about the national interest .

2
[ verb ] reply or respond to

Synonyms

answer reply

Examples

"She didn't want to answer" "answer the question" "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

Used in print

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

She stood_up , smoothing her hair down , straightening her clothes , feeling a thankfulness for the enveloping darkness outside , and , above everything else , for the absence of the need to answer , to respond , to be aware even of Stowey coming_in or going_out , and yet , now that she was beginning to cook , she glimpsed a future without him , a future alone like this , and the pain made her head writhe , and in_a_moment she found it hard to wait for Lucretia to come with her guests .

3
[ verb ] respond favorably or as hoped

Examples

"The cancer responded to the aggressive therapy"

Used in print

(Mary Savage, Just for Tonight....)

No wonder Melissa responded so completely to its beckoning .

Related terms

react respondent

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