Definitions for ANSWERˈæn sər, ˈɑn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•swer*ˈæn sər, ˈɑn-(n.)

  1. a spoken or written reply or response to a question, request, letter, etc.

  2. a correct response to a question.

  3. an equivalent or approximation; counterpart:

    the French answer to the Beatles.

  4. an action serving as a reply or response:

    The answer was a volley of fire.

  5. a solution to a problem, esp. in mathematics.

  6. a reply to a charge or accusation.

  7. the defendant's reply to the plaintiff's charge.

    Category: Law

  8. (v.i.)to speak or write in response; make answer; reply.

  9. to respond by an act or motion:

    He answered with a right to the jaw.

  10. to act or suffer in consequence (usu. fol. by for).

  11. to be or declare oneself responsible or accountable (usu. fol. by for):

    I will answer for his safety.

  12. to be satisfactory or serve (usu. fol. by for).

  13. to conform; correspond (usu. fol. by to):

    She answered to the description.

  14. (v.t.)to speak or write in response to; reply to.

  15. to act or move in response to:

    Answer the doorbell.

  16. to solve or present a solution of.

  17. to serve or fulfill:

    This will answer the purpose.

  18. to discharge (a responsibility, claim, debt, etc.).

  19. to conform or correspond to:

    This dog answers your description.

  20. to reply or respond favorably to:

    to answer a request.

  21. to atone for; make amends for.

  22. answer back, to reply impertinently.

    Category: Verb Phrase

* Syn: answer , reply , response , rejoinder , retort all refer to words used to meet a question, proposal, charge, etc. An answer is something said or written in return: an answer giving the desired information. A reply is usu. somewhat more formal or detailed: a courteous reply to a letter. A response is often a reaction to an appeal, suggestion, etc.: an enthusiastic response to a plea for cooperation. A rejoinder is a quick, usu. clever answer to another person's reply or comment: a rejoinder that silenced the opposition. A retort is a keen, prompt answer, usu. to a charge or criticism: The false accusation provoked a sharp retort.

Origin of answer:

bef. 900; ME andswerien, OE andswerian, andswarian, der. of andswaru an answer =and- opposite, facing (cf. and , along ) + Gmc *swarō, der. of swear


Princeton's WordNet

  1. answer, reply, response(noun)

    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"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics"

  2. solution, answer, result, resolution, solvent(noun)

    a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

    "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the result to four decimal places"

  3. answer(noun)

    the speech act of replying to a question

  4. answer(noun)

    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 defenses or counterclaims

  5. answer(verb)

    a nonverbal reaction

    "his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; "their answer was to sue me"

  6. answer, reply, respond(verb)

    react verbally

    "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

  7. answer(verb)

    respond to a signal

    "answer the door"; "answer the telephone"

  8. answer(verb)

    give the correct answer or solution to

    "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"

  9. answer, resolve(verb)

    understand the meaning of

    "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"

  10. answer(verb)

    give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)

    "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"

  11. answer(verb)

    be liable or accountable

    "She must answer for her actions"

  12. suffice, do, answer, serve(verb)

    be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

    "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve"

  13. answer(verb)

    match or correspond

    "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"

  14. answer(verb)

    be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of

    "This may answer her needs"

  15. answer(verb)

    react to a stimulus or command

    "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. answer(noun)ˈæn sər, ˈɑn-

    a reply or response

    an answer to my letter; Give me your answer tomorrow.; I rang the doorbell, but there was no answer.

  2. answerˈæn sər, ˈɑn-

    a solution to a test question

    the right/wrong answer; to know the answer

  3. answerˈæn sər, ˈɑn-

    a solution to a problem

    an answer to the energy crisis

  4. answer(verb)ˈæn sər, ˈɑn-

    ≠ ask

    to answer a question; He answered that he didn't know.; You don't have to answer right now.

  5. answerˈæn sər, ˈɑn-

    to respond to a knock or ring

    to answer the telephone; Don't answer the door.; No-one answered.

  6. answerˈæn sər, ˈɑn-

    to give a solution to a test question

    to answer correctly

Webster Dictionary

  1. Answer(noun)

    to speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation

  2. Answer(noun)

    to speak or write in return to, as in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration, argument, or the like; to reply to (a question, remark, etc.); to respond to

  3. Answer(noun)

    to respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute

  4. Answer(noun)

    to be or act in return or response to

  5. Answer(noun)

    to be or act in compliance with, in fulfillment or satisfaction of, as an order, obligation, demand; as, he answered my claim upon him; the servant answered the bell

  6. Answer(noun)

    to render account to or for

  7. Answer(noun)

    to atone; to be punished for

  8. Answer(noun)

    to be opposite to; to face

  9. Answer(noun)

    to be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay

  10. Answer(noun)

    to be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit

  11. Answer(verb)

    to speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response

  12. Answer(verb)

    to make a satisfactory response or return

  13. Answer(verb)

    to render account, or to be responsible; to be accountable; to make amends; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money intrusted to his care

  14. Answer(verb)

    to be or act in return

  15. Answer(verb)

    to be or act by way of compliance, fulfillment, reciprocation, or satisfaction; to serve the purpose; as, gypsum answers as a manure on some soils

  16. Answer(verb)

    to be opposite, or to act in opposition

  17. Answer(verb)

    to be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer

  18. Answer(verb)

    to be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; -- usually with to

  19. Answer(noun)

    a reply to a change; a defense

  20. Answer(noun)

    something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply

  21. Answer(noun)

    something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action

  22. Answer(noun)

    a solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem

  23. Answer(noun)

    a counter-statement of facts in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alleged; a responsive declaration by a witness in reply to a question. In Equity, it is the usual form of defense to the complainant's charges in his bill


  1. Answer

    The Answer is the name of two fictional comic book characters, owned by Marvel Comics and appearing in that company's Marvel Universe. Aaron Nicholson first appeared in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #92. After his "death", S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, David Ferrari took the name of Answer in Captain America vol. 3 #42.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ANSWER' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1217

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ANSWER' in Written Corpus Frequency: #690

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ANSWER' in Nouns Frequency: #359

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ANSWER' in Verbs Frequency: #226

Translations for ANSWER

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something said, written or done that is caused by a question etc from another person

She refused to give an answer to his questions.

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