Re*spect" (r?*sp?kt"), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Respected; p. pr. & vb.
n. Respecting.] [L. respectare, v. intens.
from respicere, respectum, to look back, respect; pref.
re- re- + specere, spicere, to look, to view: cf.
F. respecter. See Spy, and cf. Respite.]
1. To take notice of; to regard with special
attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to
care for; to heed.
Thou respectest not spilling Edward's
In orchards and gardens, we do not so much
respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and
2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard
with honor. "I do respect thee as my soul."
3. To look toward; to front upon or
Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so
respect the ??uth. Sir T. Browne.
4. To regard; to consider; to deem.
To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar, B.
And as his own respected him to death.
5. To have regard to; to have reference to; to
relate to; as, the treaty particularly respects our
As respects, as regards; with regard to; as
to. Macaulay. -- To respect the person
or persons, to favor a person, or persons on
corrupt grounds; to show partiality. "Ye shall not respect
persons in judgment." Deut. i. 17.
Syn. -- To regard; esteem; honor; revere; venerate.
Re*spect", n. [L. respectus: cf.
F. respect. See Respect, v., and cf.
Respite.] 1. The act of noticing with
attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care;
But he it well did ward with wise
2. Esteem; regard; consideration;
Seen without awe, and served without
The same men treat the Lord's Day with as little
respect. R. Nelson.
3. pl. An expression of respect of
deference; regards; as, to send one's respects to
4. Reputation; repute. [Obs.]
Many of the best respect in Rome.
5. Relation; reference; regard.
They believed but one Supreme Deity, which, with
respect to the various benefits men received from him, had
several titles. Tillotson.
4. Particular; point regarded; point of view;
as, in this respect; in any respect; in all
Everything which is imperfect, as the world must be
acknowledged in many respects.
In one respect I'll be thy
7. Consideration; motive; interest.
[Obs.] "Whatever secret respects were likely to move them."
To the publik good Milton.
Private respects must yield.
In respect, in comparison. [Obs.]
Shak. -- In respect of. (a)
In comparison with. [Obs.] Shak. (b)
As to; in regard to. [Archaic] "Monsters in respect of
their bodies." Bp. Wilkins. "In respect of these
matters." Jowett. (Thucyd.) -- In, or With,
respect to, in relation to; with regard to; as
respects. Tillotson. -- To have respect of
persons, to regard persons with partiality or undue
bias, especially on account of friendship, power, wealth, etc.
"It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment."
Prov. xxiv. 23.
Syn. -- Deference; attention; regard; consideration;
estimation. See Deference.