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a. A spoken or written reply, as to a question.
b. A correct reply.
a. A solution, as to a problem.
b. A correct solution.
3. An act in response or retaliation: Our only possible answer was to sue.
4. Something markedly similar to another of the same class: cable TV's answer to the commercial networks' sportscasts.
5. Law A defendant's response to the allegations against him or her.
v. an·swered, an·swer·ing, an·swers
1. To speak or write as a return, as to a question.
2. To act in response: Their team scored, but our team answered with a quick goal.
3. To be liable or accountable: You must answer for your actions to your supervisor.
4. To serve the purpose; suffice: "Often I do use three words where one would answer" (Mark Twain).
5. To correspond; match: I found a dog answering to that description.
a. To speak or write in response to: answer a question.
b. To say or write in reply: He answered that he was unable to join us.
c. To argue in defense of oneself against (an accusation or charge).
2. To act in response to: The police answered the call for help. The soldiers answered the attack.
3. To be sufficient for (a need, for instance); fulfill: "My fortune has answered my desires" (Izaak Walton).
4. To conform or correspond to: The suspect answers the description given by the police.

[Middle English answere, from Old English andswaru; see swer- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: answer, respond, reply, retort1
These verbs relate to action taken in return to a stimulus. Answer, respond, and reply, the most general, all mean to speak, write, or act in response: Please answer my question. Did you expect the president to respond personally to your letter? The opposing team scored three runs; the home team replied with two of their own. Respond also denotes a reaction, either voluntary (A bystander responded to the victim's need for help) or involuntary (She responded in spite of herself to the antics of the puppy). To retort is to answer verbally in a quick, caustic, or witty manner: She won the debate by retorting sharply to her opponent's questions. See Also Synonyms at satisfy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.answering - replyinganswering - replying; "an answering glance"; "an answering smile"
responsive - readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion; "children are often the quickest and most responsive members of the audience"


[ˈɑːnsərɪŋ] CPD answering machine Ncontestador m (automático)
answering service N (live) → servicio m telefónico de contestación; (with answerphone) → servicio m de contestador automático
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You are a philosopher, Thrasymachus, I replied, and well know that if you ask a person what numbers make up twelve, taking care to prohibit him whom you ask from answering twice six, or three times four, or six times two, or four times three,
And he has taught you the habit of answering questions in a grand and bold style, which becomes those who know, and is the style in which he himself answers all comers; and any Hellene who likes may ask him anything.
MENO: There will be no difficulty, Socrates, in answering your question.
I would not," answered Nightingale, "undergo the pain of taking leave, for ten thousand pounds; besides, I am convinced, instead of answering any good purpose, it would only serve to inflame my poor Nancy the more.
Another fact of which he became convinced, after reading many scientific books, was that the men who shared his views had no other construction to put on them, and that they gave no explanation of the questions which he felt he could not live without answering, but simply ignored their existence and attempted to explain other questions of no possible interest to him, such as the evolution of organisms, the materialistic theory of consciousness, and so forth.
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The board has great latitude in the kinds of questions it can ask Be prepared for this and do not avoid answering personal questions or be angered by this intrusion.