Re·spect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Respected; p. pr. & vb. n. Respecting.]
1. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.
Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood. --Shak.
In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs. --Bacon.
2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor. “I do respect thee as my soul.”
3. To look toward; to front upon or toward. [Obs.]
Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so respect the ░░uth. --Sir T. Browne.
4. To regard; to consider; to deem. [Obs.]
To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar,
And as his own respected him to death. --B. Jonson.
5. To have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to; as, the treaty particularly respects our commerce.
As respects, as regards; with regard to; as to. --Macaulay.
To respect the person or To respect the persons, to favor a person, or persons on corrupt grounds; to show partiality. “Ye shall not respect persons in judgment.” --Deut. i. 17.
Syn: -- To regard; esteem; honor; revere; venerate.