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response (n.)

c. 1300, respounse, "an answer, a reply," from Old French respons (Modern French réponse) and directly from Latin responsum "an answer," noun use of neuter past participle of respondere "respond, answer to, promise in return," from re- "back" (see re-) + spondere "to pledge" (see sponsor (n.)).

The transferred sense, of feelings or actions, is from 1815 in poetry and psychology. The meaning "a part of the liturgy said or sung by the congregation in reply to the priest" is by 1650s. Response time attested from 1958.

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Definitions of response from WordNet

response (n.)
a result;
this situation developed in response to events in Africa
response (n.)
a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent;
his responses have slowed with age
Synonyms: reaction
response (n.)
a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation;
Synonyms: answer / reply
response (n.)
the manner in which something is greeted;
Synonyms: reception
response (n.)
a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister;
response (n.)
the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange;
Synonyms: reply
response (n.)
the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals;
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