[ UK /ˈɑːnsɐ/ ]
[ US /ˈænsɝ/ ]
  1. understand the meaning of
    The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered
  2. be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
    This may answer her needs
  3. respond to a signal
    answer the door
    answer the telephone
  4. react verbally
    She didn't want to answer
    We answered that we would accept the invitation
    answer the question
  5. react to a stimulus or command
    The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch
  6. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    A `B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school
    Nothing else will serve
    A few words would answer
    Will $100 do?
    This car suits my purpose well
  7. be liable or accountable
    She must answer for her actions
  8. match or correspond
    The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave
  9. give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
    The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution
  10. give the correct answer or solution to
    answer a question
    answer the riddle
  1. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
    he computed the result to four decimal places
    the answers were in the back of the book
    they were trying to find a peaceful solution
  2. 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
  3. the speech act of replying to a question
  4. 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
  5. a nonverbal reaction
    their answer was to sue me
    his answer to any problem was to get drunk
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How To Use answer In A Sentence

  • Their prayers were answered and the child was found safe and well.
  • Students should ring the correct answers in pencil.
  • There was no one who went before you and knew all the answers. Times, Sunday Times
  • Under this arrangement, the men of each village were organized into ‘tithings ' and expected to answer for each other's good behaviour.
  • Evelyn answered, crossing her arms across her chest, as if daring her mother to challenge her.
  • People are always spouting off with definitive answers about what design is… except that everyone has a different take on it.
  • So it is logical that she wants to know who is mummy to the biggest daddy of them all, not that there are any logical answers. Times, Sunday Times
  • Instead, I was stuck in my little dorm room, answering the phone every time it rang in case it was Clay.
  • She hoped he would have answered in the affirmative. Times, Sunday Times
  • This question cries out for an answer
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