To make answer; give a reply in words; specifically, to make a liturgical response.To answer or reply in any way; exhibit some action or effect in return to a force or stimulus.To correspond; suit.To be answerable; be liable to make payment: as, the defendant is held to respond in damages.To answer to; correspond to.To answer; satisfy, as by payment: as, the prisoner was held to respond the judgment of the court.n. An answer; a response.n. In liturgics: A versicle or short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.n. A response.n. In architecture, a half-pillar, pilaster. or any corresponding device engaged in a wall to receive the impost of an arch.In biology, to react under a stimulus in such a way as to prepare for or escape from an event of which, in course of nature, the stimulus is the sign, signal, or constant antecedent; answer back to a stimulus by an action that commends itself to the human observer as prudent and judicious. See response, 3.