Respect is a way of treating or thinking about something or someone. If you respect your teacher, you admire her and treat her well.
People respect others who are impressive for any reason, such as being in authority — like a teacher or cop — or being older — like a grandparent. You show respect by being polite and kind. For a lot of people, taking your hat off is a show of respect. When people are insulted or treated badly, they feel they haven't been treated with respect. You can respect things as well as people. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance shows respect to your country.
Primary Meanings of respect
regard highly; think much of
an attitude of admiration or esteem
(usually preceded by `in') a detail or point
v regard highly; think much of
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think the world of
esteem very highly
fear, revere, reverence, venerate
regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
admire, look up to
feel admiration for
show devotion to (a deity)
feel envious towards; admire enviously
n an attitude of admiration or esteem
a disrespectful mental attitude
the respect with which a person is held
the general estimation that the public has for a person