1. [ verb ] reply or respond to
Synonyms: reply respond

"She didn't want to answer" "answer the question" "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

Related terms: state retort counter sass field call_back bridle respondent
2. [ noun ] a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
Synonyms: reply response

"I waited several days for his answer" "he wrote replies to several of his critics"

Related terms: statement feedback rescript
3. [ noun ] a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
Synonyms: result solution solvent resolution

"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"

Related terms: statement denouement solve
4. [ noun ] the speech act of replying to a question
Related terms: question reply refutation Urim_and_Thummin
5. [ verb ] respond to a signal

"answer the door," "answer the telephone"

Related terms: react
6. [ verb ] give the correct answer or solution to

"answer a question" "answer the riddle"

Related terms: solve solution
7. [ verb ] understand the meaning of
Synonyms: resolve

"The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"

Related terms: solve
8. [ verb ] give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)

"The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"

Related terms: refute
9. [ verb ] react to a stimulus or command

"The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"

Related terms: react
10. [ noun ] (law) the principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it is the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it denies allegations that the defendant hopes to controvert
Related terms: pleading evasive_answer nolo_contendere plea law
11. [ verb ] match or correspond

"The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"

Related terms: match
12. [ verb ] be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
Synonyms: do suffice serve

"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"

Related terms: satisfy serve qualify go_a_long_way go_around tide_over sufficiency
13. [ verb ] be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of

"This may answer her needs"

Related terms: meet
14. [ verb ] be liable or accountable

"She must answer for her actions"

Related terms: be
15. [ noun ] (biology) a nonverbal reaction

"his answer to any problem was to get drunk" "their answer was to sue me"

Related terms: reaction
Similar spelling:   answerer