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  1. an·swer
    IPA[ˈansər]
  2. noun

    • 1. a thing said, written, or done to deal with or as a reaction to a question, statement, or situation:

      he knocked and entered without waiting for an answer
    • 2. a thing written or said in reaction to a question in a test or quiz:

      write your answers on a postcard
    • 3. the correct solution to a question in a test or quiz:

      the answer is 280°
    • 4. a solution to a problem or dilemma:

      the answer to poverty and unemployment is a properly funded range of services
      Synonym : solution, remedy, way of solving the problem, way out, quick fix
    • 5. a thing or person that imitates or fulfills the same role as something or someone else:

      the press called her Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe
    • 6. the defendant's reply to the plaintiff's charges.

    verb

    • 1. say or write something to deal with or as a reaction to someone or something:

      “Of course I can,” she answered she answered that she would take nothing but the ring she tried to answer his questions truthfully Steve was about to answer, but Hazel spoke first I didn't answer him
      Synonym : reply, respond, speak/say in response, make a rejoinder, rejoin, retort, come back, fling back, hurl back, acknowledge, write back, get back to, riposte
    • 2. provide the required responses to (a test or quiz):

      answer the questions below for a chance to win a vacation
    • 3. respond impudently or disrespectfully to someone, especially when being criticized or told to do something:

      Mary resisted the temptation to answer her mother back one couldn't argue with a parent; one couldn't answer back
    • 4. act in reaction to (a sound such as a telephone ringing or a knock or ring on a door):

      David answered the door she called Edward's house, hoping he would answer
    • 5. be responsible or report to (someone):

      I answer to the assistant commissioner
      Synonym : report, be accountable, be answerable, be responsible, work for, work under, be subordinate to, be supervised by, be managed by
    • 6. defend oneself against (a charge, accusation, or criticism):

      he said he would return to Spain to answer all charges
      Synonym : rebut, refute, defend oneself against
    • 7. be required to explain or justify oneself to (someone):

      you will have the police to answer to
    • 8. be responsible or to blame for:

      the dust mite has a lot to answer for, especially if you are asthmatic
    • 9. be suitable for fulfilling (a need); satisfy:

      entrepreneurship is necessary to answer the needs of national and international markets nothing short of that would answer
      Synonym : satisfy, meet, fulfill, fill, serve, suit, measure up to, match up to, fit/fill the bill
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: answer, 3rd person present: answers, gerund or present participle: answering, past tense: answered, past participle: answered

    • noun

      a thing that is said, written, or done as a reaction to a question, statement, or situation:

      a thing written or said in reaction to a question in a test or quiz:

    • verb

      say or write something as a reaction to someone or something:

      provide the required response to (a question in a test or quiz):

    • be called
    • be called
    • as a response to or as a result of
    • a curt and unhelpful reply
    • correspond to a description, especially one of a suspect issued by the police
    • correspond to a description, especially one of a suspect issued by the police
    • be called
    • be called
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