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Definitions of answer

  1. be liable or accountable; " She must answer for her actions"
  2. a nonverbal reaction; " his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; " their answer was to sue me"
  3. 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
  4. 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"
  5. 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"
  6. the speech act of replying to a question
  7. understand the meaning of; " The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
  8. give the correct answer or solution to; " answer a question"; " answer the riddle"
  9. react to a stimulus or command; " The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
  10. respond to a signal; " answer the door"; " answer the telephone"
  11. reply or respond to; " She didn't want to answer"; " answer the question"; " We answered that we would accept the invitation"
  12. match or correspond; " The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
  13. give a defence or refutation of ( a charge) or in ( an argument); " The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
  14. 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"
  15. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.
  16. 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.
  17. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.
  18. To be or act in return or response to.
  19. 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.
  20. To render account to or for.
  21. To atone; to be punished for.
  22. To be opposite to; to face.
  23. To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
  24. To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.
  25. To speak or write by way of return ( originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.
  26. To make a satisfactory response or return.
  27. 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.
  28. To be or act in return.
  29. 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.
  30. To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
  31. To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer.
  32. A reply to a change; a defense.
  33. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.
  34. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.
  35. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.
  36. 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.
  37. A defendant's written response to a plaintiff's initial court filing ( called a complaint or petition). An answer normally denies some or all facts asserted by the complaint, and sometimes seeks to turn the tables on the plaintiff by making allegations or charges against the plaintiff ( called counterclaims). Normally a defendant has 30 days in which to file an answer after being served with the plaintiff's complaint. In some courts, an answer is simply called a " response."
  38. To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; - usually with to.
  39. A response or rejoinder; a reply to a charge; a solution, as of a mathematical problem.
  40. To speak or write in reply to a question, request, letter, etc.; respond to an act; as, to answer the bell; to be accountable for; as, he had to answer for his sins; to reply to a charge.
  41. To reply to: to satisfy or solve: to suit.
  42. To reply: to be accountable for: to correspond.
  43. A reply: a solution.
  44. A reply; solution.
  45. To reply to; satisfy; suit.
  46. To reply; succeed; be accountable for; correspond.
  47. To speak or act in response to; acknowledge; reply; especially, to reply favorably; retaliate; controvert; solve, as a riddle.
  48. To be sufficient for; correspond to; atone for; expiate.
  49. To reply or respond; correspond; be sufficient.
  50. To be responsible; atone.
  51. A reply or response; refutation; retaliation; solution.
  52. A reply; an account to be rendered to justice; a solution. A written defence. To answer for, to be responsible for; to become answerable for. To answer to, to correspond; to accord.
  53. To reply to; to respond to; to refute; to atone for; to be sufficient for; to suit; to be opposite to; to solve.
  54. To reply; to respond; to be suitable.
  55. To reply; to be accountable for; to suit.
  56. Something said in reply to a question.
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Usage examples for answer

  1. Durtal did not answer. – En Route by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  2. What do you mean by your answer? – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  3. What answer shall you send? – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  4. This was the question he would have to answer. – The Whelps of the Wolf by George Marsh
  5. She must make an answer to this. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  6. Well I think I can answer that question. – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  7. Frobisher was not surprised at the answer. – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  8. I knew that would answer." – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  9. My dear Belke, you didn't answer my question. – The Spy in Black by J. Storer Clouston
  10. But what answer was he to give? – The Untilled Field by George Moore
  11. There is only one answer to that. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  12. " But I can answer;- nothing. – Across the Zodiac by Percy Greg
  13. I won't answer till to- morrow. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  14. " I think you may," was the answer. – Homestead on the Hillside by Mary Jane Holmes
  15. And give me the word To speak in answer! – The Trojan Women of Euripides by Euripides
  16. And she just looked at me, and wouldn't answer a word. – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner
  17. Old man, come here and answer. – Northland Heroes by Florence Holbrook
  18. I knew very well what my answer meant. – The Master Mummer by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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