|1.||[ verb ] reply or respond to|
"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|
"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"
|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|
"The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
|8.||[ verb ] give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)|
"The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
|9.||[ verb ] react to a stimulus or command|
"The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
|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"
|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"
|14.||[ verb ] be liable or accountable|
"She must answer for her actions"
|15.||[ noun ] (biology) a nonverbal reaction|
"his answer to any problem was to get drunk" "their answer was to sue me"