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.

Definitions of respect
  1. verb
    regard highly; think much of
    “I respect his judgement”
    synonyms: esteem, prise, prize, value
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    disesteem, disrespect
    have little or no respect for; hold in contempt
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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
    enshrine, saint
    hold sacred
    show devotion to (a deity)
    feel envious towards; admire enviously
    type of:
    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
  2. verb
    show respect towards
    synonyms: abide by, honor, honour, observe
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    show a lack of respect for
    celebrate, lionise, lionize
    assign great social importance to
    recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)
    type of:
    consider or hold as true
  3. noun
    an attitude of admiration or esteem
    “she lost all respect for him”
    synonyms: esteem, regard
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    a disrespectful mental attitude
    estimate, estimation
    the respect with which a person is held
    report, reputation
    the general estimation that the public has for a person
    type of:
    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
  4. noun
    a feeling of friendship and esteem
    “he inspires respect
    synonyms: regard
  5. noun
    courteous regard for people's feelings
    “out of respect for his privacy”
    synonyms: deference, respectfulness
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    type of:
    courtesy, good manners
    a courteous manner
  6. noun
    the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
    synonyms: esteem, regard
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    the state in which esteem has been lost
    high level of respect gained by impressive development or achievement
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    honor, honour, laurels
    the state of being honored
  7. noun
    a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
    “be sure to give my respects to the dean”
    synonyms: deference
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    court, homage
    respectful deference
    last respects
    the act of expressing respect for someone who has died
    proper respect
    type of:
    civility, politeness
    the act of showing regard for others
  8. noun
    behavior intended to please your parents
    “he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes”
    synonyms: obedience
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    type of:
    filial duty
    duty of a child to its parents
  9. noun
    (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point
    “it differs in that respect
    synonyms: regard
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    type of:
    detail, item, point
    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
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