Meaning of response in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈspɒns/

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  • 1A verbal or written answer.

    ‘there was laughter at his response to the question’
    • ‘we received 400 applications in response to one job ad’
    • ‘Each article I write gets responses or ‘hits’, in the form of letters and emails, and I apologise to those that I don't reply to - I have to ration my time.’
    • ‘But despite the advertising blitz, the response has been poor, with just 194 on the internet and a further 19 written responses.’
    • ‘A total of 502 people attended the public consultation process and the council had received 152 written responses.’
    • ‘A report to the board outlines the outcome of the public consultation, which included two well attended public meetings and 20 written responses.’
    • ‘Reaction from the initial blueprint was hugely positive with more than 500 people visiting the exhibition and 50 written responses.’
    • ‘The district council received 301 written responses about the plans and more than 120 people attended a special meeting in October.’
    • ‘The hearing was told his four written responses contained ‘political content’ and were a misuse of council letterheads.’
    • ‘With few exceptions, the governor's responses, written or otherwise, are not preserved.’
    • ‘Inherited verbal or other social responses are fragmentary and trivial.’
    • ‘So, there will be no verbal responses from the audience to the verdict, regardless of the verdict.’
    • ‘A further 1,500 written responses, many hostile, came from individuals and organisations.’
    • ‘They received just 14 written responses and another 15 after the public meeting.’
    • ‘He wrote back immediately saying that he ought to write a real response but didn't have time at the moment.’
    • ‘Even without a verbal response he could tell that his guess had been right.’
    • ‘Rian grabbed a pencil, and wrote down a quick response, and tossed the piece of paper back to her.’
    • ‘The verbal responses to the film are constructed using data from the ‘real life’ of viewers rather than the fictive world defined by the film and filmmaker.’
    • ‘She received a few puzzled looks, but got no verbal responses.’
    • ‘The practitioner then explains what to expect during the session, as certain words would be spoken and verbal responses expected from the client.’
    • ‘Our advice worked and she received an immediate, positive response.’
    • ‘Readers' responses ranged from delight to dismay - just the sort of diversity of opinion that innovation thrives on.’
    1. 1.1An answer to a question in a test, questionnaire, etc.
      ‘table 3.1 shows the mean number of correct responses given by each age group’
      • ‘This is suggested since the new version of the questionnaire generated more consistent responses to the questions on recency of drug use.’
      • ‘The authors marked the responses and calculated the percentage of correct responses for each question.’
      • ‘Responses were marked and the percentage of correct responses for each question calculated.’
      • ‘When the researcher read them the aforementioned questionnaire items and their responses, they acknowledged having made a mistake.’
      • ‘These differences undoubtedly have small effects on respondent's questionnaire responses.’
      • ‘The survey, which drew upon responses to 9,000 questionnaires, confirms that far from declining, the practice has actually grown over the last decade.’
      • ‘The process has just begun and already a number of issues have arisen from the consultation at the public meeting and the initial review of the questionnaire responses.’
      • ‘All ideas will be carefully recorded and analysed and, together with the responses from the questionnaire, will be fed into the process of designing the plan.’
      • ‘Much will depend on responses to a questionnaire drawn up by Jenna which is due to be sent out to schools and special units asking disabled teenagers exactly what they would like to see.’
      • ‘The research was based on responses to 4,175 questionnaires sent to major employers in the UK's 28 biggest cities.’
      • ‘However, he refused to rule out the possibility that responses to the questionnaire could be used as evidence in the company's High Court damages claim.’
      • ‘Coming from a patriarchal society, the responses to such questionnaires are interesting, if not very surprising.’
      • ‘Based on his responses, the test said David had a tendency to want to work to personal timetables and particular standards of performance.’
      • ‘It may be said that the responses to the questionnaire only confirm what we thought in any case.’
      • ‘But researchers caution that these studies, which were based on patient responses to questionnaires, are far from definitive.’
      • ‘As previously mentioned, her study examines the responses to a questionnaire of fifty-eight music majors at the University of Florida.’
      • ‘That first number was comprised of responses to a questionnaire about ‘language environment.’’
      • ‘The study was based on responses to two related questionnaires sent to chief academic officers and general education administrators.’
      • ‘Table 1 summarises the questionnaire distribution and responses.’
      • ‘She knew every answer for each question and even wrote extra in her responses.’
      answer, reply, acknowledgement, rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, sally, counter
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    2. 1.2usually responsesA part of a religious liturgy said or sung by a congregation in answer to a minister or cantor.
      ‘So out went audible responses, the minister's surplice and the litany.’
      • ‘Unison congregational responses alternate with vernacular stanzas sung by a cantor.’
      • ‘I listened as, at her own request, she was baptized into the catholic faith, and I made the liturgical responses proper to the child's parent.’
      • ‘The ceremony is begun by the priest, assisted by a cantor or church choir that sings the responses.’
      • ‘He also arranged Byzantine liturgical responses in Albanian for mixed choirs.’
  • 2A reaction to something.

    ‘an extended, jazzy piano solo drew the biggest response from the crowd’
    • ‘an Honours degree course in Japanese has been established in response to an increasing demand’
    • ‘In response to the motion, the elastic reaction force exerted on the site by the substrate starts to rise.’
    • ‘In response to the spate of armed robberies, the Post Office told postmasters and postmistresses warning them to be extra vigilant.’
    • ‘In response to increasing battlefield firepower, horse cavalry reduced the armor it used.’
    • ‘In response to reports of the collision, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service sent units from as far away as 35 miles.’
    • ‘In response to the proposal to ban our organisation, we have held face to face meetings with leading groups and personalities.’
    • ‘In response to this lack of leadership, I have decided it is time to campaign for my own legislation.’
    • ‘In response to complaints, the governor extended polling by two hours but that led to yet more abuses.’
    • ‘In response to customer demand, the Glasgow store extended its home delivery service earlier this year to include the republic.’
    • ‘In response to the tragedy and the subsequent inquiry and recommendations, major changes were made to the safety regime.’
    • ‘In response to the plight of the two families, a former parish councillor is asking people to help them out by sending donations.’
    • ‘In response to my request for more information about Schumann resonances Neil explained them as follows.’
    • ‘In response to the vote, the Liberals have hinted they are going to look elsewhere to fulfil our healthcare needs.’
    • ‘In response to my challenge yesterday to make a playlist of happy songs, Keith wins hands down.’
    • ‘In response to that, writers groups warned against signing any such form.’
    • ‘In response to this a new service is being launched by Chambers all over the country called Chamber HR.’
    • ‘In response to a growing need, Women's Aid is expanding and developing its services.’
    • ‘In response to reader demand, we've also added a comments section.’
    • ‘He was happy that his marathon performance had evoked a very positive response from the audience.’
    • ‘The show has provoked an emotional response from audiences everywhere it has been staged.’
    • ‘"I was overwhelmed by the response from people all over the country.’
    reaction, reply, reciprocation, retaliation
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    1. 2.1Psychology Physiology An excitation of a nerve impulse caused by a change or event; a physical reaction to a specific stimulus or situation.
      ‘we unwittingly induce Pavlovian-type responses in dogs by establishing a rigid routine for feeding’
      • ‘there is considerable species variation in the stomach's response to alcohol’
      • ‘Stress is not a single conditioning but a response to physical and psychological stimuli.’
      • ‘The synaesthetic experience is an automatic and involuntary response to certain stimuli.’
      • ‘The response to the stimulus on the right and left sides should be compared.’
      • ‘The response to noxious stimuli can be modulated by their repeated application.’
      • ‘Hypnotizability is an inherited trait that produces specific physiological and psychophysiological responses.’
    2. 2.2The way in which a mechanical or electrical device responds to a stimulus or stimuli.
      ‘the throttle response from the 1870 cc engine is almost petrol sharp’
      • ‘The complexes also show mechanical responses to pH changes and electrical stimulation.’
      • ‘When impossible to differentiate electrical responses from background noise, amplitude values were set at 2 V.’
      • ‘The sound quality and the bass response are good, even when compared with normal speakers.’
      • ‘People often want to know the polychromatic response of a lens or other optical system.’
      • ‘These instruments incorporate 2 - D detectors with spectral responses that fit the waveband of the instruments.’
    3. 2.3Bridge A bid made in answer to one's partner's preceding bid.
      ‘The response of this person's partner is to play their highest card in this suit as well.’
      • ‘Further, a Showcase card may not be used in a trick response when not following suit.’
      • ‘Bidding the negative 2 Diamonds response enables your partner to go some way towards knowing if there are thirty-two points in your combined hands.’
      • ‘A three-level reverse is made when partner's response forces you to the 3-level to show your second suit.’


Middle English from Old French respons or Latin responsum ‘something offered in return’, neuter past participle of respondere (see respond).