answer meaning

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answer verb
1. (state) react verbally
Related: reply, respond
  • "She didn't want to answer"
  • "answer the question"
  • "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
2. (react) respond to a signal
  • "answer the door"
  • "answer the telephone"
3. (solve) give the correct answer or solution to
  • "answer a question"
  • "answer the riddle"
4. (solve) understand the meaning of
Related: resolve
  • "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
5. (refute) give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
  • "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
6. (be) be liable or accountable
  • "She must answer for her actions"
7. (match) match or correspond
  • "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
8. (fit) be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
  • "This may answer her needs"
9. (react) react to a stimulus or command
  • "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
answer noun
1. (statement) a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
Related: reply, response
  • "I waited several days for his answer"
  • "he wrote replies to several of his critics"
2. (reply) the speech act of replying to a question
Antonyms: question
3. (pleading) 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
4. (reaction) a nonverbal reaction
  • "his answer to any problem was to get drunk"
  • "their answer was to sue me"
solution noun
1. (statement) a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
Related: answer, result, resolution, solvent
  • "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"
suffice verb
1. (satisfy) be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
Related: do, answer, 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"
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