Answer meaning

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An answer is defined as something that is similar or a close copy.

An example of an answer is to say that the game of rugby is another version of American football.

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To answer is defined as to give a response to a question in either an oral or written manner, or by a physical gesture.

An example of giving an answer is to wave back to someone who has smiled or waved at you.

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A solution to a problem.
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Answer means to deal with a result of something.

An example of having to answer for something is a child explaining why he bullied another child.

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The definition of an answer is a response to a question or inquiry that can be given orally or in written form.

An example of an answer is an essay written on an exam.

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Any act in response or retaliation.

His answer was a well-aimed blow.

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To agree with; conform to; suit.

He answers the description.

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(law) A written pleading by which the defendant replies to the plaintiff's charges; defense.
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Something said or written in return to a question, argument, letter, etc.
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One that is a counterpart or equivalent of another, often as the result of imitation.
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(music) In a fugue, the second or fourth restatement of the subject in another voice and transposed to another key, usually at the interval of a fourth or fifth.
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To serve the purpose; be sufficient.
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To be responsible or liable (to a person for an action, accusation, etc.)
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To be in conformity; correspond (to)

He answers to the description.

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To fulfill satisfactorily; comply with; be sufficient for; serve.

The makeshift tent answered their purpose.

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To defend oneself against (an accusation, criticism, etc.); refute.
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(obs.) To atone for.
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To respond to a pleading, discovery request, or other judicial process or procedural step. To address or counter allegations, account for one’s actions, or otherwise put up a defense. To assume the liability or responsibility for another’s actions. To pay a debt or other liability; to suffer the consequences for one’s actions. A pleading that is a defendant’s principal response to a plaintiff’s complaint. It denies, admits, or otherwise addresses each of the allegations in the complaint. It also usually sets forth the defendant’s affirmative defenses and counterclaims. See also reply.
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A response or reply; something said or done in reaction to a statement or question.

Her answer to his proposal was a slap in the face.

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A solution to a problem.

There is no simple answer to corruption.

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(law) A document filed in response to a complaint, responding to each point raised in the complaint and raising counterpoints.
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(intransitive) To make a reply or response to.

He answered the question.

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To suit a need or purpose satisfactorily.

It answers the need.

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To be accountable or responsible; to make amends.

The man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care.

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To be or act in compliance with, in fulfillment or satisfaction of, as an order, obligation, or demand.

He answered my claim upon him.

The servant answered the bell.

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An act in response or retaliation.

Our only possible answer was to sue.

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Something markedly similar to another of the same class.

Cable TV's answer to the commercial networks' sportscasts.

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To act in response to.

The police answered the call for help. The soldiers answered the attack.

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To react to a stimulus; respond (to)

The horse answered to its rider's touch.

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To respond to the signal of (a telephone, doorbell, etc.)
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(intransitive) To respond to a call by someone at a door or telephone, or other similar piece of equipment.

She answered the door.

Nobody answered when I knocked on the door.

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(law) To file a document in response to a complaint.
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To correspond to; to be in harmony with; to be in agreement with.
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To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
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To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; usually with to.
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To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification; to refute.
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(law) A defendant's response to the allegations against him or her.
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To speak or write as a return, as to a question.
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To act in response.

Their team scored, but our team answered with a quick goal.

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To be liable or accountable.

You must answer for your actions to your supervisor.

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To serve the purpose; suffice.
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To correspond; match.

I found a dog answering to that description.

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To be sufficient for (a need, for instance); fulfill.
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To conform or correspond to.

The suspect answers the description given by the police.

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To speak in defence against; to reply to in defence.

To answer a charge or accusation.

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answer back
  • to reply forcefully, rudely, or impertinently; talk back
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of answer

  • Middle English answere from Old English andswaru swer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English answere, andsware, from Old English andswaru (“answer”), from Proto-Germanic *andaswarō (“answer”), equivalent to and- +‎ swear. Cognate with Old Frisian ondser (“answer”), Old Saxon andswōr (“answer”), Danish and Swedish ansvar (“liability, responsibility, answer”), Icelandic andsvar (“answer, response”). Compare also Old English andwyrde (“answer”) (cognate to Dutch antwoord, German Antwort), Old English andcwiss (“reply”), German Schwur (“oath, vow”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English answeren, andswaren, from Old English andswarian (“to answer, respond, give an answer”), from Proto-Germanic *and- (“back, in return”) + *swarō (“oath”), from Proto-Germanic *swarjaną (“to speak, swear”), equivalent to and- +‎ swear. Cognate with Old Frisian ondswera (“to answer”), Danish ansvare (“to answer, account for”), Swedish ansvara (“to answer, account for”), Icelandic andsvara (“to answer, reply”).

    From Wiktionary