(noun, verb)


1. a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation

- I waited several days for his answer

Similar word(s): reply, response

Definition categories: communication, statement

2. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

- the answers were in the back of the book

Similar word(s): resolution, result, solution, solvent

Definition categories: communication, statement

3. the speech act of replying to a question

Definition categories: communication, reply, response

4. 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

Definition categories: communication, pleading

5. a nonverbal reaction

- his answer to any problem was to get drunk

- their answer was to sue me

Definition categories: act, reaction, response

Sentences with answer as a noun:

- Her answer to his proposal was a slap in the face.

- There is no simple answer to corruption.


1. react verbally

- She didn't want to answer

- answer the question

- We answered that we would accept the invitation

Similar word(s): reply, respond

Definition categories: communication, say, state, tell

2. respond to a signal

- answer the door

- answer the telephone

Definition categories: cognition, react, respond

3. give the correct answer or solution to

- answer a question

- answer the riddle

Definition categories: cognition, lick, solve, work

4. understand the meaning of

- The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered

Similar word(s): resolve

Definition categories: cognition, lick, solve, work

5. give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)

- The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution

Definition categories: communication, rebut, refute

6. be liable or accountable

- She must answer for her actions

Definition categories: stative, be

7. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

- A few words would answer

Similar word(s): do, serve, suffice

Definition categories: stative, fulfil, fulfill, satisfy

8. match or correspond

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

Definition categories: stative, agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

9. be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of

- This may answer her needs

Definition categories: consumption, fill, fit, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy

10. react to a stimulus or command

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

Definition categories: cognition, react, respond

Sentences with answer as a verb:

- He answered the question.

- to answer a charge or accusation

- She answered the door.

- Nobody answered when I knocked on the door.

- It answers the need.

- The man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care.

- He has a lot to answer for.

- He answered my claim upon him.

- The servant answered the bell.