React - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |riˈækt|  American pronunciation of the word react
Brit.  |rɪˈakt|  British pronunciation of the word react

verb

- show a response or a reaction to something (syn: respond)
- act against or in opposition to(syn: oppose)

She reacts negatively to everything I say

- undergo a chemical reaction; react with another substance under certain conditions

The hydrogen and the oxygen react

Examples

When I told her what happened, she reacted with anger.

I didn't expect him to react that way.

The firefighters reacted quickly when they heard the alarm.

He reacted badly to the drug.

It will take a strong politician to react on this angry crowd.

How did Wilson react to your idea?

He reacted angrily to the suggestion that he had lied.

She reacted very badly (=was very upset) when her parents split up.

You have to react quickly to circumstances.

The government reacted by declaring all strikes illegal.

The calcium reacts with sulphur in the atmosphere.

Oil prices reacted sharply (=reacted a lot) to news of the crisis in the Middle East.

The market reacted favourably to the announcement.

Quite a lot of children react badly to antibiotics.

How do you react to this modern artist's paintings?

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: react
he/she/it: reacts
present participle: reacting
past tense: reacted
past participle: reacted
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