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Answer Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Answer?

[n] a nonverbal reaction; "his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; "their answer was to sue me"
[n] the principle 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
[n] 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"
[n] a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in 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"
[n] the speech act of replying to a question
[v] understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
[v] give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"
[v] react to a stimulus or command; "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
[v] respond to a signal; "answer the door"; "answer the telephone"
[v] give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
[v] reply or respond to; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
[v] be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; "This may answer her needs"
[v] match or correspond; "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
[v] 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"
[v] be liable or accountable; "She must answer for her actions"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Answer: do | reply | reply | resolution | resolve | respond | response | result | serve | solution | solvent | suffice

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| psych out | put to silence | puzzle out | qualify | question | raise | ravel | ravel out | reach | react | reaction | reason | rebut | rebuttal | rebutter | reciprocate | recognize | recriminate | reduce to silence | reecho | refer to | reflection | reflex | reflex action | refluence | reflux | refutal | refutation | refute | regard | register | register with | rejoin | rejoinder | relate | relate to | remark | replication | reply | reply to | report | rescript | resolution | resolve | resolving | resort | resource | respect | respond | respond to | respondence | response | responsory | responsory report | result | retort | retroaction | return | return answer | return for answer | reverberate | reverberation | revulsion | riddle | riddling | riposte | rise | satisfy | say | say in defense | say in reply | saying | sentence | serve | serve the purpose | settle | shake-up | shift | shoot back | shut up | silence | sing in chorus | smash all opposition | snap back | social intercourse 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uphold | upset | upsetting | upshot | urge reasons for | utterance | Vedic hymn | versicle | word | work | work out | working | working hypothesis | working proposition | working-out | yield a profit

See Also | agree | be | bridge over | bridle | check | come back | correspond | counter | defence | defense | denouement | evasive answer | feedback | field | figure out | fill | fit | fulfil | fulfil | fulfill | fulfill | function | gibe | go a long way | go around | jibe | keep going | lick | live up to | match | measure up | meet | nolo contendere | non vult | plea | pleading | puzzle out | qualify | react | reaction | rebut | refutation | refute | rejoin | repay | rescript | respond | response | retort | return | riposte | sass | satisfy | satisfy | say | solve | state | statement | tally | tell | tide over | Urim and Thummin | work | work out

Answer In Webster's Dictionary

\An"swer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Answered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Answering}.] [OE. andswerien, AS. andswerian, andswarian, to answer, fr. andswaru, n., answer. See {Answer}, n.] 1. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation. 2. 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. She answers him as if she knew his mind. --Shak. So spake the apostate angel, though in pain: . . . And him thus answered soon his bold compeer. --Milton. 3. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute. No man was able to answer him a word. --Matt. xxii. 46. These shifts refuted, answer thine appellant. --Milton. The reasoning was not and could not be answered. --Macaulay. 4. To be or act in return or response to. Hence: (a) 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. This proud king . . . studies day and night To answer all the debts he owes unto you. --Shak. (b) To render account to or for. I will . . . send him to answer thee. --Shak. (c) To atone; to be punished for. And grievously hath C[ae]zar answered it. --Shak. (d) To be opposite to; to face. The windows answering each other, we could just discern the glowing horizon them. --Gilpin. (e) To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay. [R.] Money answereth all things. --Eccles. x. 19. (f) To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit. Weapons must needs be dangerous things, if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person. --Swift.
\An"swer\, v. i. 1. To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response. There was no voice, nor any that answered. --1 Kings xviii. 26. 2. To make a satisfactory response or return. Hence: 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. Let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law. --Shak. 3. To be or act in return. Hence: (a) 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. Do the strings answer to thy noble hand? --Dryden. (b) To be opposite, or to act in opposition. (c) To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer. (d) To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; -- usually with to. That the time may have all shadow and silence in it, and the place answer to convenience. --Shak. If this but answer to my just belief, I 'll remember you. --Shak. As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. --Pro?. xxvii. 19.
\An"swer\, n. [OE. andsware, AS. andswaru; and against + swerian to swear. ?, ?. See {Anti-}, and {Swear}, and cf. 1st {un-}.] 1. A reply to a change; a defense. At my first answer no man stood with me. --2 Tim. iv. 16. 2. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply. A soft answer turneth away wrath. --Prov. xv. 1. I called him, but he gave me no answer. --Cant. v. 6. 3. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action. Great the slaughter is Here made by the Roman; great the answer be Britons must take. --Shak. 4. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem. 5. (Law) 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. --Bouvier. Syn: Reply; rejoinder; response. See {Reply}.

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