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respond to (someone or something

1. To issue a verbal or written answer or reply to someone or something. I spent my entire first day back from vacation just responding to emails that had been piling up. Mary is obviously still angry—she won't even respond to me.
2. To act in response or in answer to someone or something. There are a number of ways we can respond to this injunction. My father believes you have to respond to a bully with force.
3. To elicit a reaction, especially a positive one, to a particular person or stimulus. We're pleased to see that your body has been responding to the new treatment methods. Our baby daughter doesn't really like to be held by most people, but she really responds to my mother-in-law.
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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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1:58 a.m., an officer responded to Hillside Village Drive for a suspicious situation.
10:17 a.m., an ambulance responded to West Boylston Family Medicine, on Woodland Street, for an elderly female feeling ill.
More than 80 percent responded either always or often.
Responses to both questions for those companies for which both the CEO and the senior tax person responded are summarized in Tables 7 and 8.
1:18 a.m., an officer responded to Shrewsbury Street for a vehicle parked at the Shell station all evening.
12 p.m., officers and firefighters responded to Edgebrook Drive for the smell of natural gas; NStar responded and a small leak was found.
8:55 p.m., a officer responded to Odd Fellows Home, on Newton Street, for an open door.
4:27 a.m., officers responded to Lancaster Street, at the Sterling town line, for possible runaways heading toward West Boylston.
5:46 p.m., officers responded to Metro West Army Navy Surplus, on West Boylston Street, for a holdup alarm.
6:34 a.m., an ambulance responded to the Worcester County House of Correction, on Paul X.
4:22 p.m., an officer responded to Autowright Motors, on West Boylston Street, regarding an overdue/non-returned motor vehicle.
5:13 p.m., an officer responded to Worcester Street for a low hanging wire reported on the causeway.
9:03 a.m., an officer responded to Orchard Knoll, on Maple Street, to assist the Board of Health.
6:34 p.m., an ambulance responded to Oakdale Rehabilitation Center for a person with an altered mental status.
4:55 p.m., officers responded to Sterling for a motor vehicle accident on North Main Street.