An example of an answer is to say that the game of rugby is another version of American football.
An example of giving an answer is to wave back to someone who has smiled or waved at you.
An example of having to answer for something is a child explaining why he bullied another child.
An example of an answer is an essay written on an exam.
His answer was a well-aimed blow.
He answers the description.
He answers to the description.
The makeshift tent answered their purpose.
There is no simple answer to corruption.
He answered the question.
It answers the need.
The man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care.
He answered my claim upon him.
The servant answered the bell.
Our only possible answer was to sue.
Cable TV's answer to the commercial networks' sportscasts.
The police answered the call for help. The soldiers answered the attack.
The horse answered to its rider's touch.
She answered the door.
Nobody answered when I knocked on the door.
Their team scored, but our team answered with a quick goal.
You must answer for your actions to your supervisor.
I found a dog answering to that description.
The suspect answers the description given by the police.
To answer a charge or accusation.
- to reply forcefully, rudely, or impertinently; talk back
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 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”).