V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: relating separately to each thing or person that has been mentioned
Synonyms: own, individual, separate, corresponding, specific
Antonyms: whole, unified, unspecified
Tips: When something is respective to a person or thing just mentioned, it belongs to that person or thing. Respective and respectively are generally used when speaking of two or more people or things.
Great teams are made of players who understand their respective role in winning games. (individual, specific)
Since there are three companies working on this project, it is important that each organization understands its respective responsibilities. (own, corresponding, separate)
Mary and Jane preferred strawberry and chocolate ice cream, respectively. (individually, correspondingly) adverb
Tom, Dick, and Harry went to their respective classes after meeting in the cafeteria for lunch. (own, separate, individual)
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