Pronunciation: (ri-spekt'),[key] —n. 1. a particular, detail, or point (usually prec. by in): to differ in some respect. 2. relation or reference: inquiries with respect to a route. 3. esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment. 4. deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect's right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly. 5. the condition of being esteemed or honored: to be held in respect. 6. respects,a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, or friendship: Give my respects to your parents. 7. favor or partiality.
8. Archaic.a consideration.
9. in respect of, in reference to; in regard to; concerning.
10. in respect that,Archaic.because of; since.
11. pay one's respects, a. to visit in order to welcome, greet, etc.: We paid our respects to the new neighbors. b. to express one's sympathy, esp. to survivors following a death: We paid our respects to the family. 12. with respect to, referring to; concerning: with respect to your latest request.
—v.t. 1. to hold in esteem or honor: I cannot respect a cheat. 2. to show regard or consideration for: to respect someone's rights. 3. to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with: to respect a person's privacy. 4. to relate or have reference to.