Meaning of RESPONSE in English


re ‧ sponse S1 W1 AC /rɪˈspɒns $ rɪˈspɑːns/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ respondent , ↑ response , ↑ responsiveness ; verb : ↑ respond ; adverb : ↑ responsively ; adjective : ↑ responsive ≠ ↑ unresponsive ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] something that is done as a reaction to something that has happened or been said

response to

the public’s response to our appeal for help

in response to something

The law was passed in response to public pressure.

positive/favourable/negative etc response

The exhibition has received a positive response from visitors.

an emotional/angry response

The decision provoked an angry response from residents.

His immediate response was one of disbelief.

Emmett’s new exhibition has met with a favourable response from critics.

2 . [countable] something that is said or written as a reply

response to

‘Sure, why not?’ was his response to all of Billie’s suggestions.

Carl made no response, and carried on with his meal.

in response (to something)

I am writing in response to your letter of June 12.

Ronni merely groaned in response.

⇨ ↑ rapid-response

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■ adjectives

▪ a positive/favourable response

The product met with a highly positive response from the public.

▪ a negative response

In Russia, the planned expansion provoked a negative response.

▪ an enthusiastic response

There has been an enthusiastic response to the introduction of soccer coaching for girls.

▪ an angry response

His comments sparked an angry response from opposition politicians.

▪ a good/encouraging response (=when people like something or show interest)

We’ve had a good response from the public.

▪ sb’s immediate response

When he was sentenced, his immediate response was to appeal.

▪ a direct response

Her resignation was in direct response to the party’s poor results in the local elections.

▪ an appropriate response

She laughed, which didn't really seem an appropriate response.

▪ a strong response

The photograph provoked a strong response from many people.

▪ an emotional response

When she died, the emotional response was extraordinary.

■ verbs

▪ get a positive etc response

She got an enthusiastic response to her suggestion.

▪ receive a positive etc response (=get it)

The proposal has received a positive response from most left-wing voters.

▪ meet with a positive etc response (=get it)

The change met with a mixed response from employees.

▪ provoke a response

The report provoked a strong response from a number of senior politicians.

▪ draw/bring a response from somebody

The appeal for aid brought a big response from the West.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.