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English noun: response

1. response (phenomenon) a result

SamplesThis situation developed in response to events in Africa.

Broader (hypernym)consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

Narrower (hyponym)reaction

2. response (act) a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent

SamplesA bad reaction to the medicine.
His responses have slowed with age.


Broader (hypernym)activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process

Narrower (hyponym)answer, automatism, double take, electrical skin response, electrodermal response, Fere phenomenon, galvanic skin response, GSR, immune reaction, immune response, immunologic response, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, kinesis, learned reaction, learned response, overreaction, passage, passing, physiological reaction, psychogalvanic response, rebound, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, Tarchanoff phenomenon, taxis, transfusion reaction, tropism, unconditioned reflex

3. response (communication) a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation

SamplesI waited several days for his answer.
He wrote replies to several of his critics.

Synonymsanswer, reply

Broader (hypernym)statement

Narrower (hyponym)feedback, rescript

4. response (communication) the manner in which something is greeted

SamplesShe did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors.


Broader (hypernym)greeting, salutation

5. response (communication) a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister

Broader (hypernym)phrase

6. response (communication) the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

SamplesHe growled his reply.


Broader (hypernym)speech act

Narrower (hyponym)answer, comeback, counter, counterblast, echo, non sequitur, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte

7. response (attribute) the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals

Broader (hypernym)fashion, manner, mode, style, way

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