The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Respect \Re*spect"\ (r?*sp?kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Respected; p. pr. & vb. n. Respecting.] [L. respectare,
v. intens. from respicere, respectum, to look back, respect;
pref. re- re- + specere, spicere, to look, to view: cf. F.
respecter. See Spy, and cf. Respite.]
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
2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor. "I do
respect thee as my soul." --Shak.
3. To look toward; to front upon or toward. [Obs.]
Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so
respect the ??uth. --Sir T.
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.