Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A spoken or written reply, as to a question.
  • noun A correct reply.
  • noun A solution, as to a problem.
  • noun A correct solution.
  • noun An act in response or retaliation.
  • noun Something markedly similar to another of the same class.
  • noun Law A defendant's response to the allegations against him or her.
  • intransitive verb To speak or write as a return, as to a question.
  • intransitive verb To act in response.
  • intransitive verb To be liable or accountable.
  • intransitive verb To serve the purpose; suffice.
  • intransitive verb To correspond; match.
  • intransitive verb To speak or write in response to.
  • intransitive verb To say or write in reply.
  • intransitive verb To argue in defense of oneself against (an accusation or charge).
  • intransitive verb To act in response to.
  • intransitive verb To be sufficient for (a need, for instance); fulfill.
  • intransitive verb To conform or correspond to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Specifically— In fencing, the return hit.
  • noun In fugue-music, the enunciation of the subject or theme by the second voice.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.
  • intransitive verb To make a satisfactory response or return.
  • intransitive verb To be or act in return.
  • intransitive verb To be or act by way of compliance, fulfillment, reciprocation, or satisfaction; to serve the purpose.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English answere, from Old English andswaru; see swer- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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