Definition for response

noun as in answer, reaction

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Example Sentences

In response to the PPC announcement, someone on Twitter asked if we’d even need websites anymore eventually.

Grief is our natural emotional response to loss, so allow yourself to feel it — and any other emotions that may arise.

The proper responses to unpleasant remarks by Elizabeth are silence and a change of subject.

The response has been amazing to this single day virtual event.

These included not just responses to sudden downturns for Covid-19-stricken people, but also natural disasters and helping in related situations when other problems arose.

I think the response of the French government so far has been pretty appropriate in that regard.

Their immediate response tells an important truth about a police slowdown that has spread throughout New York City in recent days.

What is known is that Peña Nieto bungled his response to the crisis.

But the enduring response—stop the world, I want to get off—is the same.

With enough changing of the influenza RNA over time, the vaccine no longer provokes the “right” immune response.

To make the effort of articulation a vital impulse in response to a mental concept,—this is the object sought.

There was no response to the knock, and Davy cautiously pushed open the door and went in.

The knocker appeared to hear the response, and to assert that it was quite impossible he could wait so long.

Winifred, indeed, in response to a question, said faintly that she thought she could keep going if she had a drink of milk.

To this there was no response, the stranger thinking with bitterness that his trip was anything but one of pleasure.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for response?

A response is a reply or an answer—something said or done after someone else has said or done something.

Like response, reply and answer can be used in the context of verbal responses (such as in speech or writing) as well as actions. The word acknowledgement refers to a response that simply acknowledges an initial message or action (as opposed to one that consists of new information or an action on the part of the one responding).

Some responses come in the form of feedback.

A reply to a comment—especially a quick and witty reply—is sometimes called a comeback, retort, rejoinder, or riposte.

A response to an invitation is popularly called an RSVP, an abbreviation of the French phrase répondez s’il vous plaît, meaning “please respond.”

In military and sports contexts, the word response is sometimes used as a general way of referring to a counterattack or counterstroke.

What is a more formal word for response?

Response is perhaps slightly more formal than its synonyms answer and reply, but there isn’t a more formal word that is commonly used.

The more formal word rejoinder is sometimes used in specific legal contexts.

A formal (as in an official) response is sometimes called a formal reply or an official reply.

What is the opposite (antonym) of response?

The opposite of a response is a nonresponse—when someone doesn’t reply or answer at all. The term lack of response is often used.

In another sense, the opposite of a response could be thought of as the initial question, statement, comment, email, etc.—since this is what the response responds to.

Is it responce or response?

Response is spelled with an s, which you can also see in the related words responsive, responsible, and responsibility.

On this page you'll find 64 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to response, such as: feedback, reply, return, acknowledgment, antiphon, and comeback.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.