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respond to someone or something

1. to answer someone or something. Would you please respond to me? When are you going to respond to my letter?
2. to react to someone or something. You have heard his presentation. How would you respond to him? I need you to respond to the points in the report by the end of the day. The police responded right away to the riot call.
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The cousin had been sent ahead to give notice of their approach; a herald appeared as before, bearing a powder-horn, to enable them to respond to the intended salute.
She lifted the bouquet from the ground, and then, as if inwardly ashamed at having stepped aside from her maidenly reserve to respond to a stranger's greeting, passed swiftly homeward through the garden.
But he strove hard to quell them and to respond to Baglioni with a true lover's perfect faith.
Instantly my brain cleared and there swept back across the threshold of my memory the vivid picture of the horrors of that ghostly Arizona cave; again, as on that far-gone night, my muscles refused to respond to my will and again, as though even here upon the banks of the placid Hudson, I could hear the awful moans and rustling of the fearsome thing which had lurked and threatened me from the dark recesses of the cave, I made the same mighty and superhuman effort to break the bonds of the strange anaesthesia which held me, and again came the sharp click as of the sudden parting of a taut wire, and I stood naked and free beside the staring, lifeless thing that had so recently pulsed with the warm, red life-blood of John Carter.
Half a dozen great leaps brought me to the spot, and another instant saw me again in my stride in quick pursuit of the hideous monsters that were rapidly gaining on the fleeing warrior, but this time I grasped a mighty long-sword in my hand and in my heart was the old blood lust of the fighting man, and a red mist swam before my eyes and I felt my lips respond to my heart in the old smile that has ever marked me in the midst of the joy of battle.
As nobody seemed inclined to respond to this heroic version of "Dilly, Dilly, come and be killed," our late henchman proceeded with his address.
Women's instincts comprehend and respond to each other more quickly than the intelligences of men.
I have found that there is a large element in the South that is quick to respond to straightforward, honest criticism of any wrong policy.
Andrew Smith of the LAPD's Communications Division credited the change to a new policy implemented earlier this year in which patrol officers respond with red lights and sirens to most emergency calls, and property crime calls were downgraded in urgency.
Respond, a provider of customer feedback software and services, has announced Respond Loyalty, a multitiered customer retention system designed to enable businesses to realize greater profitability by achieving higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty.
An officer's approach may cause people with this condition to flee, sometimes failing to respond to an order to stop.
Many of the tools we use in management can actually remove us from the experience and make it harder to respond.
Dancers respond to music, dancers respond to space, dancers respond to their emotions, dancers respond to their environment.
The senior tax persons were asked to respond to the same two questions.
Previous studies with monkeys had shown that some brain cells respond specifically to faces of certain species, and to specific faces or facial expressions.