1 answer, reply, come back, return, react, reciprocate, counter; rejoin, retort:
When Sean insulted her, Una responded with a slap to his face. I said, 'Good morning!' and Adrian responded, 'What's good about it?'
2 Often, respond to. be responsive (to), react (to), empathize (with), sympathize (with), commiserate (with), feel for, pity, be affected or moved or touched (by):
Many respond to those charity appeals for the crippled and disabled.
immediately, instantly | promptly, quickly, rapidly, swiftly | enthusiastically, favourably, positively, well
Both sides have responded positively to the plan. Their son is responding well to the treatment.
| forcefully, vigorously | adequately, appropriately, constructively, effectively, intelligently | adversely, aggressively, angrily | cautiously, coolly | sensitively, sympathetically | generously | magnificently
The teams responded magnificently to the challenge.
The government needs to listen to the public and respond accordingly.
The plants readily respond to these stimuli.
| directly | automatically, instinctively | flexibly | differently | merely, simply
We do not have a strategy. We merely respond to ideas from local people.
| emotionally, imaginatively
to respond emotionally to the landscape
| in kind
The terrorists declared all-out war on the government and the government responded in kind.
VERB + RESPOND
be able/unable to | be likely to
She wasn't sure how he was likely to respond.
| fail to
His condition failed to respond to the treatment.
| be slow to | enable sb to
enabling teachers to respond flexibly to the needs of their students
The government responded by tightening the law on gun ownership.
Companies have to respond to the changing economic climate.
The demonstrators threw stones and the police responded with tear gas.
an ability/a capacity/a willingness to respond, a failure to respond
2 say sth in reply
politely | angrily | coolly | drily
He responded politely to her questions.
He responded with a smile when she spoke.
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