respond to

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1. To speak or act in response, as to a question:
2. To act in return to something, as a stimulus:
3. To present with a specified reaction:
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The cousin had been sent ahead to give notice of their approach; a herald appeared as before, bearing a powder-horn, to enable them to respond to the intended salute.
Women's instincts comprehend and respond to each other more quickly than the intelligences of men.
My hand was on my friend's arm, but she failed for the moment, confronted with such an account of the matter, to respond to my pressure.
For, as when the red-cheeked, dancing girls, April and May, trip home to the wintry, misanthropic woods; even the barest, ruggedest, most thunder-cloven old oak will at least send forth some few green sprouts, to welcome such glad-hearted visitants; so Ahab did, in the end, a little respond to the playful allurings of that girlish air.
Instantly my brain cleared and there swept back across the threshold of my memory the vivid picture of the horrors of that ghostly Arizona cave; again, as on that far-gone night, my muscles refused to respond to my will and again, as though even here upon the banks of the placid Hudson, I could hear the awful moans and rustling of the fearsome thing which had lurked and threatened me from the dark recesses of the cave, I made the same mighty and superhuman effort to break the bonds of the strange anaesthesia which held me, and again came the sharp click as of the sudden parting of a taut wire, and I stood naked and free beside the staring, lifeless thing that had so recently pulsed with the warm, red life-blood of John Carter.
Half a dozen great leaps brought me to the spot, and another instant saw me again in my stride in quick pursuit of the hideous monsters that were rapidly gaining on the fleeing warrior, but this time I grasped a mighty long-sword in my hand and in my heart was the old blood lust of the fighting man, and a red mist swam before my eyes and I felt my lips respond to my heart in the old smile that has ever marked me in the midst of the joy of battle.
an officer respond to Maple Street regarding vandalism to a motor vehicle; vehicle mirror reported broken.
We no longer respond to calls of, say, a car stripping in progress,'' Smith told the City Council's Public Safety Committee.
The Respond Loyalty suite is comprised of Respond CenterPoint, a feedback management platform with multichannel data capture, processing and reporting engine; Respond eFeedback, a Web site component to capture, manage and respond to customer feedback; Respond Agent, a compact customer service center application for the capture of customer feedback; Respond TouchPoint, a Web-based feedback management tool that extends the capture and processing of custom er feedback to key contact points throughout the enterprise; and Respond Surveyor, a customer survey tool to quickly gather and analyze survey data over the Web.
An officer's approach may cause people with this condition to flee, sometimes failing to respond to an order to stop.
Dancers respond to music, dancers respond to space, dancers respond to their emotions, dancers respond to their environment.
The senior tax persons were asked to respond to the same two questions.