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Synonyms & Antonyms of respect

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 relation to or concern with something specified
  • with respect to your application

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3 respects plural best wishes
  • give your mother my respects

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Synonyms & Antonyms of respect (Entry 2 of 2)

to think very highly or favorably of
  • an upstanding senator who is respected by political allies and foes alike

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How does the verb respect contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of respect are admire, esteem, and regard. While all these words mean "to recognize the worth of a person or thing," respect implies a considered evaluation or estimation.

after many years they came to respect her views

When can admire be used instead of respect?

While in some cases nearly identical to respect, admire suggests usually enthusiastic appreciation and often deep affection.

a friend that I truly admire

When could esteem be used to replace respect?

The words esteem and respect can be used in similar contexts, but esteem implies greater warmth of feeling accompanying a high valuation.

no citizen of the town was more highly esteemed

When might regard be a better fit than respect?

The words regard and respect are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, regard is a general term that is usually qualified.

he is highly regarded in the profession

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The first known use of respect was in the 14th century

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