Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a nonverbal reaction
    their answer was to sue me
  2. (noun, communication) 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
  3. (noun, communication) a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
    the answers were in the back of the book
    he computed the result to four decimal places
  4. (noun, communication) a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
    he wrote replies to several of his critics
  5. (noun, communication) the speech act of replying to a question
  6. (verb, cognition) understand the meaning of
  7. (verb, cognition) give the correct answer or solution to
    answer the riddle
  8. (verb, cognition) react to a stimulus or command
  9. (verb, cognition) respond to a signal
    answer the telephone
  10. (verb, communication) give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
  11. (verb, communication) react verbally
    answer the question
    We answered that we would accept the invitation
  12. (verb, consumption) be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
  13. (verb, stative) match or correspond
  14. (verb, stative) be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    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. (verb, stative) be liable or accountable

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Answer


Origin of the word Answer

  1. O.E. andswaru "a reply," from and- "against" (see ante) + -swaru "affirmation," from swerian "to swear" (see swear), suggesting an original sense of "make a sworn statement rebutting a charge." A common Gmc. compound (cf. O.S. antswor, O.N. andsvar, O.Fris. ondser), implying a P.Gmc. *andswara-. Meaning "a reply to a quest… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Answer

amicus curiae, anchor, angara, anger, angora, angry, ankara, announcer, anser, anshar, answerer

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