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 satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; " This may answer her needs"
  15. 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"
  16. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.
  17. 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.
  18. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.
  19. To be or act in return or response to.
  20. 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.
  21. To render account to or for.
  22. To atone; to be punished for.
  23. To be opposite to; to face.
  24. To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
  25. To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.
  26. To speak or write by way of return ( originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.
  27. To make a satisfactory response or return.
  28. 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.
  29. To be or act in return.
  30. 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.
  31. To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
  32. To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer.
  33. A reply to a change; a defense.
  34. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.
  35. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.
  36. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.
  37. 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.
  38. 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."
  39. To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; - usually with to.
  40. A response or rejoinder; a reply to a charge; a solution, as of a mathematical problem.
  41. 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.
  42. To reply to: to satisfy or solve: to suit.
  43. To reply: to be accountable for: to correspond.
  44. A reply: a solution.
  45. A reply; solution.
  46. To reply to; satisfy; suit.
  47. To reply; succeed; be accountable for; correspond.
  48. To speak or act in response to; acknowledge; reply; especially, to reply favorably; retaliate; controvert; solve, as a riddle.
  49. To be sufficient for; correspond to; atone for; expiate.
  50. To reply or respond; correspond; be sufficient.
  51. To be responsible; atone.
  52. A reply or response; refutation; retaliation; solution.
  53. 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.
  54. To reply to; to respond to; to refute; to atone for; to be sufficient for; to suit; to be opposite to; to solve.
  55. To reply; to respond; to be suitable.
  56. To reply; to be accountable for; to suit.
  57. Something said in reply to a question.

Quotes of answer

  1. If somebody's not prepared to answer the question, you can keep asking. – Martin Bashir
  2. If you can help other people understand those truths- and in my mind, the only way I know to do that is with large scale, multi -year research projects, where you start with a question and then very rigorously and comprehensively answer that question. – James Collins
  3. Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone. The English do, and it's been their only major business advantage for the past two centuries. – Doug Coupland
  4. You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind? – Freeman Dyson
  5. I believe success is preparation, because opportunity is going to knock on your door sooner or later but are you prepared to answer that? – Omar Epps
  6. You can take Elvis. You can take Marilyn Monroe. Success and fame will not be the answer if something inside of you is bothering you, if things in your mind aren't going right. – Linda Evans
  7. Potentially significant, by the way, because we don't know exactly what's in Matt Cooper's notes, and we don't know- and we don't still know the answer to the crucial question of whether it was Rove or somebody else that revealed Valerie Plame's name to him. – Michael Isikoff
  8. When you do a movie in the studio system, there's a committee. A committee of six or seven people you answer to. There's two or three producers, a studio executive and one or two people above that studio executive. – Thomas Lennon
  9. The trite answer is that everything is true but none of it happened. It is emotionally true, but the events, the plotting, the narrative, isn't true of my life, though I've experienced most of the emotions experienced by the characters in the play. – Patrick Marber
  10. I don't know why his lawyers didn't tell him, 'You don't have to answer any questions about your private life, Mr. President. Let them sue you. Take the heat. You don't have to answer – Chris Matthews
  11. If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer because it was he, because it was I. – Michel de Montaigne
  12. But it's a very universal story and the thing is I was reluctant to answer that question because I don't want people latching on to a particular stereotype. – Parminder Nagra
  13. Well, we run my ship differently. Any offer that comes in, I yay or nay it, no matter how insane it is. Like, if someone asks me if I'm interested in doing a porn film, the answer to that is going to be no, but it comes to me anyway. I'm responsible for making the call. – Henry Rollins
  14. If love is the answer could you please rephrase the question? – Lily Tomlin
  15. I don't think I can answer questions about the trust fund. – Louise Woodward

Usage examples for answer

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

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