- Verb: answer ãnsu(r)
- React verbally
"She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
- reply, respond
- Respond to a signal
"answer the door"; "answer the telephone"
- Give the correct answer or solution to
"answer a question"; "answer the riddle"
- Understand the meaning of
"The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
- Give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
"The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
- Be liable or accountable
"She must answer for her actions"
- Be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
"A few words would answer"
- suffice, do, serve
- Match or correspond
"The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
- Be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
"This may answer her needs"
- React to a stimulus or command
"The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
- A statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
"I waited several days for his answer"
- reply, response
- A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
"the answers were in the back of the book"
- solution, result, resolution, solvent
- The speech act of replying to a question
- The principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of 'guilty' or 'not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defences or counterclaims
- A nonverbal reaction
"his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; "their answer was to sue me"
Derived forms: answered, answering, answers
Type of: agree, be, check, correspond, figure out, fill, fit, fulfil [Brit, Cdn], fulfill [N. Amer], gibe, jibe, lick, live up to, match, meet, pleading, puzzle out, react, reaction, rebut, refute, reply, respond, response, satisfy, say, solve, state, statement, tally, tell, work, work out
- React verbally
n. 1. A reply to a request for further information (see INTERROGATORY).
2. A statement of case served by the respondent to a petition, e.g. an answer to a divorce petition. It is equivalent to the defence served by the defendant in response to a claim form.
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- he did not answer for fear of hurting her.
- he awaited her answer with impatience.
- it was too frivolous for her to answer.
- the pupil's answer was right on the beam.
- it looked as though he found it hard to answer.