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  Definition of Answer
  1. a nonverbal reaction; "his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; "their answer was to sue me"
  2. the principle 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 plaintif
  3. 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"
  4. a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; "I waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics"
  5. the speech act of replying to a question
  6. understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
  7. give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"
  8. react to a stimulus or command; "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
  9. respond to a signal; "answer the door"; "answer the telephone"
  10. give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
  11. reply or respond to; "She didn''t want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
  12. be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; "This may answer her needs"
  13. match or correspond; "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
  14. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "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"
  15. be liable or accountable; "She must answer for her actions"
Similar Words: solution, result, resolution, solvent, reply, response, resolve, respond, suffice, do, serve


Hyponyms: evasive answer, nolo contendere, non vult, plea, denouement, rescript, feedback, Urim and Thummin, refutation, defense, defence, call back, counter, field, sass, retort, come back, repay, return, riposte, rejoin, bridle, tide over, bridge over, keep going, go a long way, serve, function, qualify, measure up, go around


Derivational Morphology: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work, reply, respond, solution, result, resolution, solvent, respondent, responder, answerer, response, sufficiency, enough, adequacy


Language Translations:
Bosnian: odgovor and rješenje   Breton: respont  
Bulgarian: отговор and реакция and решение   Catalan: resposta  
Croatian: odgovor   Danish: svar  
Dutch: antwoord   Esperanto: respondo  
Finnish: ratkaisu and vastaus   French: réponse and solution  
German: Antwort   Greek: απάντηση and λύση  
Hebrew: מענה and תשובה   Hindi: जवाब and जवाब देना  
Icelandic: svar   Ido: respondo  
Indonesian: balas and jawab   Italian: risposta  
Japanese: 答え and 解答 and 返事   Latin: responsum  
Norwegian: svar   Polish: odpowiedź  
Portuguese: resposta   Romanian: răspuns  
Russian: ответ and решение   Slovene: odgovor  
Spanish: contestación and respuesta   Swedish: svar  
Telugu: (javaabu)జవాబు and (pariskAram)పరిష్కారం   Vietnamese: câu and Tin  
Welsh: ateb  
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