Definitions of answer

  1. To reply; to respond; to be suitable.
  2. 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.
  3. To reply to: to satisfy or solve: to suit.
  4. To reply to; satisfy; suit.
  5. To speak or act in response to; acknowledge; reply; especially, to reply favorably; retaliate; controvert; solve, as a riddle.
  6. To be sufficient for; correspond to; atone for; expiate.
  7. To speak or write by way of return ( originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.
  8. To make a satisfactory response or return.
  9. 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.
  10. To be or act in return.
  11. 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.
  12. To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
  13. To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer.
  14. To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; - usually with to.
  15. To reply: to be accountable for: to correspond.
  16. To reply; succeed; be accountable for; correspond.
  17. give the correct answer or solution to; " answer a question"; " answer the riddle"
  18. react to a stimulus or command; " The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
  19. respond to a signal; " answer the door"; " answer the telephone"
  20. match or correspond; " The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
  21. To reply or respond; correspond; be sufficient.
  22. To be responsible; atone.
  23. To reply to; to respond to; to refute; to atone for; to be sufficient for; to suit; to be opposite to; to solve.
  24. To reply; to be accountable for; to suit.
  25. a nonverbal reaction; " his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; " their answer was to sue me"
  26. 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
  27. the speech act of replying to a question
  28. give a defence or refutation of ( a charge) or in ( an argument); " The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
  29. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.
  30. 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.
  31. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.
  32. To be or act in return or response to.
  33. 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.
  34. To render account to or for.
  35. To atone; to be punished for.
  36. To be opposite to; to face.
  37. To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
  38. To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.
  39. A reply to a change; a defense.
  40. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.
  41. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.
  42. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.
  43. 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.
  44. 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."
  45. A response or rejoinder; a reply to a charge; a solution, as of a mathematical problem.
  46. A reply: a solution.
  47. A reply; solution.
  48. A reply or response; refutation; retaliation; solution.
  49. 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.
  50. Something said in reply to a question.