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Meaning & Definition of Answer in English

English

Answer

/ænsər/

noun

1. A statement (either spoken or written) that is made to 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"
    synonym:
  • answer
  • ,
  • reply
  • ,
  • response

2. A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • solution
  • ,
  • answer
  • ,
  • result
  • ,
  • resolution
  • ,
  • solvent

3. The speech act of replying to a question

    synonym:
  • answer

4. The principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint

  • In criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere)
  • In civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
    synonym:
  • answer

5. A nonverbal reaction

  • "His answer to any problem was to get drunk"
  • "Their answer was to sue me"
    synonym:
  • answer

verb

1. React verbally

  • "She didn't want to answer"
  • "Answer the question"
  • "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
    synonym:
  • answer
  • ,
  • reply
  • ,
  • respond

2. Respond to a signal

  • "Answer the door"
  • "Answer the telephone"
    synonym:
  • answer

3. Give the correct answer or solution to

  • "Answer a question"
  • "Answer the riddle"
    synonym:
  • answer

4. Understand the meaning of

  • "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
    synonym:
  • answer
  • ,
  • resolve

5. Give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)

  • "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
    synonym:
  • answer

6. Be liable or accountable

  • "She must answer for her actions"
    synonym:
  • answer

7. Be sufficient

  • Be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  • "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"
    synonym:
  • suffice
  • ,
  • do
  • ,
  • answer
  • ,
  • serve

8. Match or correspond

  • "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
    synonym:
  • answer

9. Be satisfactory for

  • Meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
  • "This may answer her needs"
    synonym:
  • answer

10. React to a stimulus or command

  • "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
    synonym:
  • answer

Examples of using

I'm sorry, but the answer is no.
I'm sorry, but my answer is no.
I like this answer.