from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spoken or written reply, as to a question.
- n. A correct reply.
- n. A solution, as to a problem.
- n. A correct solution.
- n. An act in retaliation or response: Our only possible answer was to sue.
- n. Something markedly similar to another of the same class: cable TV's answer to the commercial networks' sportscasts.
- n. Law A defendant's defense against charges.
- intransitive v. To speak, write, or act as a return, as to a question.
- intransitive v. To be liable or accountable: You must answer for your actions.
- intransitive v. To serve the purpose; suffice: "Often I do use three words where one would answer” ( Mark Twain).
- intransitive v. To correspond; match: I found a dog answering to that description.
- transitive v. To speak, write, or act as a return to; respond to.
- transitive v. To respond correctly to.
- transitive v. To fulfill the demands or needs of; serve: "My fortune has answered my desires” ( Isaak Walton).
- transitive v. To conform or correspond to: The suspect answers the description given by the police.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A response or reply; something said or done in reaction to a statement or question.
- n. A solution to a problem.
- n. A document filed in response to a complaint, responding to each point raised in the complaint and raising counterpoints.
- v. To make a reply or response to.
- v. To respond to a call by someone at a door or telephone, or other similar piece of equipment.
- v. To suit a need or purpose satisfactorily.
- v. To file a document in response to a complaint.
- v. To correspond to; to be in harmony with; to be in agreement with.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense
- transitive v. To speak or write in return to, as in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration, argument, or the like; to reply to (a question, remark, etc.); to respond to.
- transitive v. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.
- transitive v. To be or act in return or response to.
- transitive v. To be or act in compliance with, in fulfillment or satisfaction of, as an order, obligation, demand
- transitive v. To render account to or for.
- transitive v. To atone; to be punished for.
- transitive v. To be opposite to; to face.
- transitive v. To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
- transitive v. To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.
- intransitive v. To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.
- intransitive v. To make a satisfactory response or return.
- intransitive v. To be or act in return.
- intransitive v. To be or act by way of compliance, fulfillment, reciprocation, or satisfaction; to serve the purpose.
- intransitive v. To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
- intransitive v. To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient.
- intransitive v. To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; -- usually with to.
- n. A reply to a charge; a defense.
- n. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.
- n. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.
- n. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.
- n. A counter-statement of facts in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alleged; a responsive declaration by a witness in reply to a question. In Equity, it is the usual form of defense to the complainant's charges in his bill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A reply, response, or rejoinder, spoken or written, to a question (expressed or implied), request, appeal, prayer, call, petition, demand, challenge, objection, argument, address, letter, or to anything said or written.
- n. In particular— A reply to a charge or an accusation; a statement made in defense or justification of one's self, with regard to a charge or an accusation; a defense; specifically, in law, a pleading on the part of the defendant, responding to the plaintiff's claim on questions of fact: correlative to demurrer, which raises only questions of law. The word as used in equity nearly, and as used in recent codes of procedure closely, corresponds to the common-law plea.
- n. The solution of a problem; the result of a mathematical operation; a statement made in response to a question set for examination: implying correctness, unless qualified.
- n. A reply or response in act; an act or motion in return or in consequence, either as a mere result due to obedience, consent, or sympathy, or as a hostile procedure in retaliation or reprisal.
- n. Specifically— In fencing, the return hit.
- n. In fugue-music, the enunciation of the subject or theme by the second voice.
- n. Often abbreviated to ans. and adjective
- To make answer; speak or write in reply to a question (expressed or implied), request, appeal, petition, prayer, call, demand, challenge, address, argument, letter, or anything said or written; reply; respond: used with to, or absolutely.
- In particular— To reply to a charge or an accusation; make a statement in defense or justification of one's self, with regard to a charge or an accusation; specifically, in law, to interpose a pleading responsive to plaintiff's allegations of fact: sometimes used to include also the interposing of a demurrer: formerly sometimes with with.
- To give a solution of a problem; find the result; give an answer, as to a question set for examination: as, he answered correctly in most instances.
- To reply or respond in act; act or move in response; do something in return for or in consequence of some speech, act, or movement from another source.
- To speak in behalf of another; declare one's self responsible or accountable, or give assurance or guaranty, for another; be responsible or accountable: used with for, rarely absolutely: as, I will answer for his safety; I am satisfied, but I cannot answer for my partner.
- To act or suffer in consequence of responsibility; meet the consequences: with for, rarely absolutely.
- To meet, satisfy, or fulfil one's wishes, expectations, or requirements; be of service: with for; absolutely, to serve the purpose; attain the end; suit; serve or do (well or ill, etc.).
- To conform, correspond; be similar, equivalent, proportionate, or correlative in character, quality, or condition: with to.
- To make answer to; speak or write in reply to; reply or respond to.
- In particular— To reply to a charge or an accusation by; make a statement to, or in reply to, in defense or justification of one's self with regard to a charge or an accusation.
- To solve; find the result of; give an answer to, as to a question set for examination: as, he answered every question.
- To say or offer in reply, or in reply to; utter, or enunciate to, by way of response.
- To reply or respond to in act; act or move in response to or in consequence of: either as a mere result, in obedience to or sympathy with, or as a hostile act in retaliation or reprisal against: as, to answer prayer; to answer a summons; to answer a signal, as a ring at the door: hence, to answer the bell, or the door; to answer the helm (said of a ship when she obeys her rudder).
- To be responsible for; be accountable for.
- To act or suffer in consequence of responsibility for; meet the consequences of; atone for; make amends for; make satisfaction for.
- To meet, satisfy, or fulfil one's wishes, expectations, or requirements with regard to; satisfy (a claim); repay (an expense); serve (the purpose); accomplish (the end); serve; suit.
- To conform to; correspond to; be similar, equivalent, proportionate, or correlative to in quality, attributes, position, etc.
- To meet or confront.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be liable or accountable
- v. understand the meaning of
- v. match or correspond
- n. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
- v. give the correct answer or solution to
- v. respond to a signal
- n. a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
- v. react to a stimulus or command
- v. react verbally
- n. 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
- v. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
- n. a nonverbal reaction
- n. the speech act of replying to a question
- v. give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
- v. be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
Middle English answere, from Old English andswaru; see swer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English answere, andsware, from Old English andswaru ("answer"), from Proto-Germanic *and- (“back, in return”) + *swarō (“oath”), from Proto-Germanic *swarjanan (“to speak, swear”), equivalent to and- + swear. Cognate with Old Frisian ondser ("answer"), Old Saxon andswōr ("answer"), Danish and Swedish ansvar ("liability, responsibility, answer"), Icelandic andsvar ("answer, response"). Compare also Old English andwyrde ("answer"), Old English andcwiss ("reply"), German Schwur ("oath, vow"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English answeren, andswaren, from Old English andswarian ("to answer, respond, give an answer"), from Proto-Germanic *and- (“back, in return”) + *swarō (“oath”), from Proto-Germanic *swarjanan (“to speak, swear”), equivalent to and- + swear. Cognate with Old Frisian ondswera ("to answer"), Danish ansvare ("to answer, account for"), Swedish ansvara ("to answer, account for"), Icelandic andsvara ("to answer, reply"). (Wiktionary)