answer has definitions from the fields of biology,law
[ verb ] reply or respond to


reply respond


"She didn't want to answer" "answer the question" "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

Used in print

(Brand Blanshard, "The Emotive Theory," Robert...)

When we repeat the remark that such suffering was a bad thing , the feeling with which we made it last week may be at or near the vanishing_point , but if we were asked whether we meant to say what we did before , we should certainly answer Yes .

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

The force of the authors ' analysis ( if indeed it has any force ) can be felt by the reader , I believe , only after three questions have been successfully answered .

(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)

The Providence_Daily_Journal answered the Daily_Post by stating that the raid of John_Brown was characteristic of Democratic acts of violence and that `` He was acting in direct opposition to the Republican_Party , who proclaim as one of their cardinal principles that they do not interfere with slavery in the states '' .

(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

When he was asked a question or addressed in such a way that some response was inescapable , he would answer ; if , as often happened , he had to repeat because he had spoken too softly , he would repeat his words in the same way , without emphasis or impatience , only a_little louder .

(Francis Pollini, Night....)

Just answer .

[ noun ] a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation


reply response


"I waited several days for his answer" "he wrote replies to several of his critics"

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(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

His answer was simple but honest .

(The Providence Journal...)

The answers the girls give struck me as reasonably varied and healthily individual .

But at_least it 's reassuring to see some teenagers who do n't profess to know all the answers and are thinking_about their problems instead .

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

If one asks about this play , what it is that comes_upon this community and works within it with such terrible power , there is no better answer to give than `` spirit '' .

(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)

You need answers to four important questions .

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[ noun ] 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"

Used in print

(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

I think the answer is to be found in Prokofieff 's own words :

(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)

The real question was how one passed from anti-Semitism of_this sort to murder , and the answer to this question is not to be found in anti-Semitism itself .

(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)

This restless individualism found its answer when he returned to live nearly all the rest of his life in Sweden .

(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)

For answers to such questions we must turn_to the anthropologists , the biologists , the historians , the psychologists , and the sociologists .

(87th Congress, 1st Session. Congressional Record....)

Blockade is one answer offered by experts .

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statement denouement solve

[ noun ] the speech act of replying to a question

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(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

The answer is of_course yes .

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

Receiving no answer , they set the fire .

(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)

And in_any_case , answers may clarify but they do not change anything .

(Leon Uris, Mila 8....)

`` His answer '' ?

It was an answer that Styka understood .

[ verb ] respond to a signal


"answer the door," "answer the telephone"

Used in print

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

The door was answered by a slender man in his sixties - straight_backed , somewhat clerical in manner , wearing rimless glasses .

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[ verb ] give the correct answer or solution to


"answer a question" "answer the riddle"

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(Newark Evening News,...)

It is a desperate effort to prop_up a sagging candidate who has proven he cannot answer any questions about New_Jersey 's problems .

(The Atlanta Constitution,...)

But whether the murder of El_Benefactor in Ciudad_Trujillo means freedom for the people of the Caribbean fiefdom is a question that cannot now be answered .

(Peter Wyden, "The Chances of Accidental War"...)

Vital questions would be quickly answered according to a preprepared agenda .

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solve solution

[ verb ] understand the meaning of




"The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"

Used in print

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

But we must never forget , most_of the appropriate heroes and their legends were created overnight , to answer immediate needs , almost always with conscious aims and ends .

(Frederick Mosteller et al., Probability with...)

In Chapters 3 and 4 we answered questions like those in the examples , usually by counting points in a sample space .

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[ verb ] give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)


"The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"

Used in print

(U.S. Reports. Volume 364. Cases Adjudged in the...)

Petitioner first contends that the Department denied him procedural due_process by not giving him timely opportunity , before its final recommendation to the appeal_board , to answer the statement of the local board as to his claim of devoting 100 hours to actual preaching .

(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)

He was told he displayed , for_example , a sense of superiority - and he answered : `` Well , I am supposed to know all the answers , are n't I '' ?

On being criticized for his arbitrary behavior - he answered : `` I have to make decisions .

(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)

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[ verb ] react to a stimulus or command


"The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"

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[ 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
[ verb ] match or correspond


"The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"

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[ verb ] be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity


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"

[ verb ] be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of


"This may answer her needs"

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[ verb ] be liable or accountable


"She must answer for her actions"

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[ noun ] (biology) a nonverbal reaction


"his answer to any problem was to get drunk" "their answer was to sue me"

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