Meaning of REACT in English


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( reacts, reacting, reacted)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


When you react to something that has happened to you, you behave in a particular way because of it.

They reacted violently to the news...

It’s natural to react with disbelief if your child is accused of bullying...

= respond

VERB : V to n , V adv / prep , also V


If you react against someone’s way of behaving, you deliberately behave in a different way because you do not like the way they behave.

My father never saved and perhaps I reacted against that.

= rebel

VERB : V against n


If you react to a substance such as a drug, or to something you have touched, you are affected unpleasantly or made ill by it.

Someone allergic to milk is likely to react to cheese...

VERB : V to n , also V


When one chemical substance reacts with another, or when two chemical substances react , they combine chemically to form another substance.

Calcium reacts with water...

Under normal circumstances, these two gases react readily to produce carbon dioxide and water.

V-RECIP : V with n , pl-n V

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