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From (etyl) (m), andsware, from (etyl) .
A response or reply; something said]] or [[do, done in reaction to a statement or question.
A solution to a problem.
- Her answer to his proposal was a slap in the face .
(legal) A document filed in response to a complaint, responding to each point raised in the complaint and raising counterpoints.
- There is no simple answer to corruption.
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From (etyl) answeren, andswaren, from (etyl) .
(ambitransitive) To make a reply or response to.
* Bible, 1 Kings xviii. 26
- There was no voice, nor any that answered .
- She answers him as if she knew his mind.
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To speak in defence against; to reply to in defence.
(ambitransitive) To respond to a call by someone at a door or telephone, or other similar piece of equipment.
- to answer a charge or accusation
To suit a need or purpose satisfactorily.
* Alexander Ellis
- Nobody answered when I knocked on the door.
* 1903 , , (The Way of All Flesh) , Ch. 41
- Of course for publication in a newspaper, my palaeotype would not answer , but my glossotype would enable the author to give his Pennsylvania German in an English form and much more intelligibly.
- Theobald spoke as if watches had half-a-dozen purposes besides time-keeping, but he could hardly open his mouth without using one or other of his tags, and "answering every purpose" was one of them.
To be accountable or responsible; to make amends.
- The man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care.
(legal) To file a document in response to a complaint.
To correspond to; to be in harmony with; to be in agreement with.
* 1775 , (Richard Brinsley Sheridan), (The Duenna) , Act 2, Scene 2
- Let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law.
* B. Edwards
- I wish she had answered her picture as well.
To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
- The use of dunder in the making of rum answers the purpose of yeast in the fermentation of flour.
To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; usually with to .
* Jonathan Swift
- The windows answering each other, we could just discern the glowing horizon through them.
- Weapons must needs be dangerous things, if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person.
- That the time may have all shadow and silence in it, and the place answer to convenience.
* Bible, Proverbs xxvii. 19
- If this but answer to my just belief, / I'll remember you.
To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification; to refute.
* Bible, Matt. xxii. 46
- As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
- No man was able to answer him a word.
- These shifts refuted, answer thine appellant.
To be or act in compliance with, in fulfillment or satisfaction of, as an order, obligation, or demand.
- The reasoning was not and could not be answered .
- He answered my claim upon him.
- The servant answered the bell.
(obsolete) To render account to or for.
- This proud king studies day and night / To answer all the debts he owes unto you.
(obsolete) To atone; to be punished for.
- I will send him to answer thee.
(obsolete) To be or act as an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
* Bible, Eccles. x. 19
- And grievously hath Caesar answered it.
- Money answereth all things.
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