reaction

noun
1 response
ADJECTIVE
extreme, strong, violent
favourable/favorable, positive
adverse, hostile, negative
mixed

The speech got a mixed reaction.

angry
first, immediate, initial
delayed

Her outburst was a delayed reaction to an unpleasant letter she'd received that morning.

chain

The change of plan set off a chain reaction of confusion.

common, general, public
natural, normal, understandable

His reaction is completely understandable.

automatic, gut, instinctive, knee-jerk, spontaneous

The incident calls for a measured response, avoiding knee-jerk reactions.

nervous
emotional, visceral
critical

The critical reaction to his first novel has been positive.

VERB + REACTION
get, have, meet with

The play met with a mixed reaction from the critics.

experience

I believe she is experiencing a post-traumatic stress reaction.

bring, cause, elicit, induce, produce, provoke, set off, spark, spark off, trigger, trigger off

She was surprised at the reaction brought by the mention of his name.

gauge, judge

He eyed her cautiously, trying to gauge her reaction.

judge by, judge from

Judging by her reaction, she liked the present.

PREPOSITION
in reaction to

There's been a drop in ticket sales in reaction to the review.

reaction against

Her rebellious attitude is just a reaction against her strict upbringing.

reaction to

the public reaction to the news

2 (usually reactions) ability to react quickly
ADJECTIVE
fast, good, lightning, quick

Keenan showed lightning reactions.

slow
VERB + REACTION
have

She has very quick reactions.

speed up
slow down

Alcohol has the effect of slowing down your reactions.

REACTION + NOUN
time

Your reaction time increases when you are tired.

3 chemical reaction
ADJECTIVE
chain
chemical, nuclear, thermonuclear, etc.
fission, fusion
reversible
VERB + REACTION
cause, initiate, produce, start, trigger
catalyse/catalyze (science)
stop
slow down, speed up
REACTION + VERB
occur, take place
PREPOSITION
during a/the reaction, in a/the reaction

the energy given out during the reaction

reaction between

I am studying the reactions between certain gases.

reaction with

the fuel's chemical reaction with the surrounding water

4 physical reaction
ADJECTIVE
adverse, bad, severe
mild, slight
delayed

a delayed reaction to the drugs

allergic
inflammatory
VERB + REACTION
experience, have, suffer

She had a very bad allergic reaction to the peanuts.

cause, induce, produce
PREPOSITION
reaction to

A small minority of patients suffer an adverse reaction to the treatment.


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