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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·spond v. i. [imp. & p. p. Responded; p. pr. & vb. n. Responding.]
 1. To say something in return; to answer; to reply; as, to respond to a question or an argument.
 2. To show some effect in return to a force; to act in response; to accord; to correspond; to suit.
    A new affliction strings a new cord in the heart, which responds to some new note of complaint within the wide scale of human woe.   --Buckminster.
    To every theme responds thy various lay.   --Broome.
 3. To render satisfaction; to be answerable; as, the defendant is held to respond in damages. [U.S.]
 Syn: -- To answer; reply; rejoin. See Reply.