Lately, I've noticed respect (or lack thereof) in the news, society, and in my personal life. I've asked people what it is and what it means to them, and each answer is somewhat different. So it got me to thinking, what is respect and how is it given? Taken? Earned? Those are all complex verbs with deep-rooted meanings that go back to childhood or something we may not even specifically remember.
So what does Webster say it is?