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Dictionary Definition



1 a result; "this situation developed in response to events in Africa"
2 a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some foregoing stimulus or agent; "a bad reaction to the medicine"; "his responses have slowed with age" [syn: reaction]
3 a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; "I waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics" [syn: answer, reply]
4 the manner in which something is greeted; "she did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors" [syn: reception]
5 a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister
6 the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply" [syn: reply]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • UK: /rɪˈspɒns/


  1. An answer or reply, or something in the nature of an answer or reply.
  2. The act of responding or replying; reply: as, to speak in response to a question.
  3. An oracular answer.
  4. (liturgics) A verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in sequence or reply to the priest or officiant.
  5. (liturgics) A versicle or anthem said or sung during or after a lection; a respond or responsory.
  6. A reply to an objection in formal disputation.
  7. An online advertising performance metric representing one click-through from an online ad to its destination URL


  • 1338: Robert Mannyng, Middle English Chronicle
    What was his respons written, I ne sauh no herd.
  • 1842: Alfred Tennyson, The Two Voices
    Then did my response clearer fall:"No compound of this earthly ballIs like another, all in all."
  • 1874: James Sully, Sensation and Intuition, p. 17.
    There seems a vast psychological interval between an emotional response to the action of some grateful stimulus and the highly complex intellectual and emotional development implied in a distinct appreciation of objective beauty.

Derived terms


an answer or reply
the act of responding or replying


Extensive Definition

A response is the following:
response in German: Response
response in Spanish: Respuesta
response in Japanese: レスポンス
response in Tamil: தூண்டற்பேறு
response in Chinese: 回應

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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