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respect (someone or something) as (something)
To have a feeling of deferential admiration, esteem, or appreciation for someone or something as a particular kind of person or thing. I really respect him as an author, but he just an insufferable jerk in person. You can't help but respect the film as a technical achievement, with effects that are far more impressive than anything we've ever witnessed before.
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respect (someone or something) for (something)
1. noun A feeling of deferential admiration, esteem, or appreciation for someone or something. I have a huge amount of respect for my parents now that I'm a parent myself. You've got to have respect for a company that can create such revolutionary products.
2. verb To have a feeling of deferential admiration, esteem, or appreciation for someone or something because of a particular reason or aspect. I really respect you for how you handled that bully in class today. The engineer respected the machine for its ingenious design.
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