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III.3 The 'respond' group

These verbs are concerned with responding to something that has been done, or compensating for it. The prepositional phrase indicates what someone does in response or as compensation.
We include here oblige, which indicates what someone does in response to a request or a need.
We called up three economists today to ask how to eliminate the deficit and they obliged with very straightforward answers.
When that war ended and people demanded the restoration of their rights, the government responded with arrests and some police intimidation.
  • compensate
  • counter
  • oblige
  • reply
  • respond
  • retaliate
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