Definitions for answer
ˈæn sər, ˈɑn-an·swer
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word answer.
answer, reply, responsenoun
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"
solution, answer, result, resolution, solventnoun
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"
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 defenses or counterclaims
a nonverbal reaction
"his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; "their answer was to sue me"
answer, reply, respondverb
"She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
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"
suffice, do, answer, serveverb
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"
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"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from To answer.
It was a right answer of the physician to his patient, that had sore eyes: If you have more pleasure in wine than in your sight, wine is good. John Locke.
How can we think of appearing at that tribunal, without being able to give a ready answer to the questions which he shall then put to us, about the poor and the afflicted, the hungry and the naked, the sick and imprisoned? Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
A personal answer ought to have three qualities; it ought to be pertinent to the matter in hand; it ought to be absolute and unconditional; it ought to be clear and certain. John Ayliffe, Par.
Etymology: The etymology is uncertain; the Saxons had andswarian, but in another sense; the Dutch have antwoorden.
Are we succour’d? are the Moors remov’d?
Answer these questions first, and then a thousand more,
Answer them altogether. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.
No man was able to answer him a word. Matt. xxii. 46.
If it be said, we may discover the elementary ingredients of things, I answer, that it is not necessary that such a discovery should be practicable. Boyle.
Some men have sinned in the principles of humanity, and must answer for not being men. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.
If there be any absurdity in this, our author must answer for it. John Locke.
The night, so impudently fixed for my last, made little impression on myself; but I cannot answer for my family. Jonathan Swift.
How they have been since received, and so well improved, let those answer either to God or man, who have been the authors and promoters of such wise council. William Temple.
He wants a father to protect his youth,
And rear him up to virtue. You must bear
The future blame, and answer to the world,
When you refuse the easy honest means
Of taking care of him. Thomas Southerne, Innocent Adultery.
In water face answereth to face: so the heart of man to man. Prov. xxvii. 19.
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. Eccl. x. 19.
Revenge the jeering and disdain’d contempt
Of this proud king, who studies day and night
To answer all the debt he owes unto you,
Ev’n with the bloody payments of your deaths. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.
Men no sooner find their appetites unanswered, than they complain the times are injurious. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.
Say, do’st thou yet the Roman harp command?
Do the strings answer to thy noble hand? John Dryden, Persius.
There can but two things create love, perfection and usefulness; to which answer, on our part,
1. Admiration; and,
2. Desire: and both these are centered in love. Taylor.
He desired, that proper officers might search me; for probably I might carry several weapons, which must needs be dangerous things, if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels.
Our part is, to choose out the most deserving objects, and the most likely to answer the ends of our charity; and when that is done, all is done that lies in our power: the rest must be left to providence. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
He dies that touches of this fruit,
Till I and my affairs are answered. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
Jason followed her counsel, whereto, when the event had answered, he again demanded the fleece. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the W.
We see likewise, that much water draweth forth the juice of the body infused; but little water is imbibed by the body: and this is a principal cause, why, in operations upon bodies for their version or alteration, the trial in great quantities doth not answer the trial in small; and so deceiveth many. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 92.
Thou wert better in thy grave, than to answer, with thy uncovered body, this extremity of the skies. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Fire answers fire, and, by their paly beams,
Each battles sees the other’s umber’d face. William Shakespeare, Henry V.
to speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation
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
to respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute
to be or act in return or response to
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
to render account to or for
to atone; to be punished for
to be opposite to; to face
to be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay
to be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit
to speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response
to make a satisfactory response or return
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
to be or act in return
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
to be opposite, or to act in opposition
to be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer
to be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; -- usually with to
a reply to a change; a defense
something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply
something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action
a solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem
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
Etymology: [OE. andswerien, AS. andswerian, andswarian, to answer, fr. andswaru, n., answer. See Answer, n.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
an′sėr, v.t. to reply to: to satisfy or solve: to repay: to suit: to suffer the consequences of.—v.i. to reply: to reply favourably: to act in conformity with, as 'to answer the helm:' to be accountable for (with for): to correspond: to be advantageous to: to turn out well.—n. a reply: a solution.—adj. An′swerable, able to be answered: accountable: suitable: equivalent: proportional (with to).—adv. An′swerably.—n. An′swerer.—adv. An′swerless. [A.S. andswar-ian—andswaru; and-, against, swerian, to swear.]
An effective and efficient solution.
The answer is simple, the solution is easy as we work together in unity to create the solutions we choose in order of priority.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'answer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1217
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'answer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #690
Rank popularity for the word 'answer' in Nouns Frequency: #359
Rank popularity for the word 'answer' in Verbs Frequency: #226
The numerical value of answer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of answer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
He just can't hide behind the airwaves, he has to answer questions and of course, I think he should be on that debate stage.
Dela Rosa should be reminded that he, too, will answer for his complicity in the slaughter of thousands.
The bigger question will be determining whether this deterioration in labor market momentum is part of a broader inflection point for the economic recovery, this is the Fed's 'known unknown,' and a risk management approach will require more patience to assess the incoming labor market data for an answer to the question of whether this is a realignment in the labor market dynamics to a more sustainable path, or a more worrying relapse in the recovery.
We've been inside the orbit of Mercury and done amazing things, but until you go and touch the sun, you can't answer these questions, why has it taken us 60 years ? The materials didn't exist to allow us to do it. We had to make a heat shield, and we love it. Something that can withstand the extreme hot and cold temperature shifts of its 24 orbits is revolutionary.
.... You ask, What is our policy? I will say; "It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy." You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory - victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
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Translations for answer
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- أجاب, رد, رَدٌّ, إِجَابَةٌ, جَوَابٌ, إجابةArabic
- адка́зваць, адказа́ць, адка́зBelarusian
- отвръщам, отговарям, подхождам, о́тговор, реше́ниеBulgarian
- respondre, respostaCatalan, Valencian
- odpovědět, odpověďCzech
- отъвѣтъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- svare, svarDanish
- antworten, Antwort, LösungGerman
- απαντώ, ανταποκρίνομαι, ανταπαντώ, αποκρούω, αποκρίνομαι, απόκρουση, λύση, απάντηση, απόκριση, ανταπάντησηGreek
- respondi, repliko, respondoEsperanto
- servir, responder, contestar, contestación, respuestaSpanish
- vastama, vastusEstonian
- جواب دادن, پاسخ دادن, پیواژ, پاسخ, جوابPersian
- vastata, vastine, vastaus, ratkaisuFinnish
- svara, svarFaroese
- répondre, solution, réponseFrench
- freagair, freagraIrish
- freagair, freagairtScottish Gaelic
- responder, contestar, respostaGalician
- જવાબ, ઉત્તરGujarati
- מענה, תשובהHebrew
- उत्तर देना, जवाब देना, जवाब, उत्तरHindi
- válaszol, válasz, megoldásHungarian
- պատասխանել, պատասխանArmenian
- respondo, repliko, solvoIdo
- ansa, svara, ans, svarIcelandic
- rispondere, rispostaItalian
- 答える, 返事, 解答, 応答, 答え, 返答, 回答Japanese
- პასუხობს, პასუხიGeorgian
- 회답, 대답Korean
- جێ بهجێ, وهڵامKurdish
- äntweren, Léisung, ÄntwertLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ຕອບ, ຄຳຕອບLao
- atbildēt, atbildeLatvian
- одговара, соодветствува, одговор, решение, о́дговорMacedonian
- jawab, jawaban, jawapan, penyelesaianMalay
- ထူး, အဖြေBurmese
- beantwoorden, antwoorden, antwoordDutch
- tilfredsstille, svare, oppfylle, svar, løsningNorwegian
- respónder, respondre, responsaOccitan
- odpowiedzieć, odpowiadać, odpowiedźPolish
- responder, atender, respostaPortuguese
- rispunder, respunder, raspunder, respuonderRomansh
- răspunde, soluționa, răspuns, soluționare, rezolvare, soluțieRomanian
- отве́тить, соотве́тствовать, отвеча́ть, отве́т, реше́ние, о́тповедьRussian
- arraspundi, respúndiri, rispòndhere, rispònnereSardinian
- одгово́рити, odgovóriti, јавити, о̏дгово̄р, rešénje, реше́ње, rješénje, ȍdgovōr, рјеше́њеSerbo-Croatian
- odpovedať, odpoveďSlovak
- odgovoriti, rešitev, odgovorSlovene
- svara, svarSwedish
- jibu, jawabuSwahili
- సమాధానం, పరిష్కారం, జవాబుTelugu
- ตอบ, คำตอบThai
- yanıt, cevapTurkish
- відповісти́, відповіда́ти, ві́дповідьUkrainian
- جواب دینا, جواب, اترUrdu
- trả lời, câu trả lờiVietnamese
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