What does answer mean?

Definitions for answer
ˈæn sər, ˈɑn-an·swer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. answernoun

    the speech act of replying to a question

  4. answernoun

    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. answerverb

    a nonverbal reaction

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

  6. answer, reply, respondverb

    react verbally

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

  7. answerverb

    respond to a signal

    "answer the door"; "answer the telephone"

  8. answerverb

    give the correct answer or solution to

    "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"

  9. answer, resolveverb

    understand the meaning of

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

  10. answerverb

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

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

  11. answerverb

    be liable or accountable

    "She must answer for her actions"

  12. 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"

  13. answerverb

    match or correspond

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

  14. answerverb

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

    "This may answer her needs"

  15. answerverb

    react to a stimulus or command

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Answernoun

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

  2. Answernoun

    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. Answernoun

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

  4. Answernoun

    to be or act in return or response to

  5. Answernoun

    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. Answernoun

    to render account to or for

  7. Answernoun

    to atone; to be punished for

  8. Answernoun

    to be opposite to; to face

  9. Answernoun

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

  10. Answernoun

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

  11. Answerverb

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

  12. Answerverb

    to make a satisfactory response or return

  13. Answerverb

    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. Answerverb

    to be or act in return

  15. Answerverb

    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. Answerverb

    to be opposite, or to act in opposition

  17. Answerverb

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

  18. Answerverb

    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. Answernoun

    a reply to a change; a defense

  20. Answernoun

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

  21. Answernoun

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

  22. Answernoun

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

  23. Answernoun

    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

  24. Etymology: [OE. andswerien, AS. andswerian, andswarian, to answer, fr. andswaru, n., answer. See Answer, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Answer

    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-ianandswaru; and-, against, swerian, to swear.]

Editors Contribution

  1. answer

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of answer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of answer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of answer in a Sentence

  1. Simon Cowell:

    I was asked to do it, and the answer is no.

  2. Tim Scott:

    You can ask the question, but I'm not going to answer the question.

  3. Jennifer Mathis:

    We don't expect that of voters without disabilities. We don't scrutinize the rationality of their choices, i think if you ask the average voter on the street some of the questions that people with disabilities get asked in these guardianship proceedings, they wouldn't be able to answer them.

  4. Jeremy Collier:

    We must not let go manifest truths because we cannot answer all questions about them.

  5. Paul Offit:

    Does getting full approval for an adult vaccine, does that matter in terms of speeding up the process for approval for the childhood vaccines ? I think the answer to that question is probably no.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. equivalent
    • B. adscripted
    • C. epidemic
    • D. indiscernible

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