WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
an•swer /ˈænsɚ/USA pronunciation
a spoken or written reply or response to a question, request, letter, etc.:My answer was "yes''.
a correct response to a question:When was the Declaration of Independence signed? The answer is 1776.
counterpart:the French answer to the Beatles.
an action that serves as a reply or response:Her answer to my proposal was a shrug of the shoulders.
a solution to a problem:never claimed to have all the answers.
in answer (to), by way of responding or replying:I offer these arguments in answer to your criticism.
to speak or write in response (to); make answer (to);
reply (to): [no object]She answered quietly.[~ + object]The nominee answered the questions with humor.
to respond by an act or motion: [no object]When the phone rang, she was afraid to answer.[~ + object]They answered the doorbell.[~ + with + object]He answered with a laugh.[~ + object + with + object]They answered the attack with a full-scale assault of their own.
[not: be + ~-ing] to conform; correspond (to): [~ + to + object]She answered to the description.[~ + object]The suspect answers the police description.
[~ + object (+ with + object)] to solve:answered the unemployment crisis with prompt actions.
answer back, to reply impolitely or rudely (to): [no object]Don't answer back.[~ + object + back]Don't answer your teacher back like that.
answer for, [~ + for + object]
- to act or suffer in consequence:He must answer for his criminal acts.
- to be or to declare oneself responsible or accountable:to answer for the President's safety.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
answer /ˈɑːnsə/ n
- a reply, either spoken or written, as to a question, request, letter, or article
- a reaction or response in the form of an action: drunkenness was his answer to disappointment
- a solution, esp of a mathematical problem
Etymology: Old English andswaru an answer; related to Old Frisian ondser, Old Norse andsvar; see swear
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to reply or respond (to) by word or act: to answer a question, he answered, to answer the door, he answered that he would come
- (transitive) to reply correctly to; solve or attempt to solve: I could answer only three questions
- (intransitive) usually followed by to: to respond or react (to a stimulus, command, etc): the steering answers to the slightest touch
- (when intr, often followed by )for: to meet the requirements (of); be satisfactory (for); serve the purpose (of): this will answer his needs, this will answer for a chisel
- (when intr, often followed by )to: to match or correspond (esp in the phrase answer (or answer to) the description)
- (transitive) to give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
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