answer answer  /ˈæn sər/


  1. (n) a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
  2. (n) a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
  3. (n) the speech act of replying to a question
  4. (n) 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
  5. (n) a nonverbal reaction
  6. (v) react verbally
  7. (v) respond to a signal
  8. (v) give the correct answer or solution to
  9. (v) understand the meaning of
  10. (v) give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
  11. (v) be liable or accountable
  12. (v) be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  13. (v) match or correspond
  14. (v) be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
  15. (v) react to a stimulus or command

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  1. The answer was clear, unequivocal and a great relief to restless Republicans who had endured a week of indigestion on the issue.
  2. The Knowledge Generation Bureau claims it can answer any question you send in a text message.
  3. When not given an answer he persisted and then became quiet for about 10 minutes and then began again to engage in some conversation.


  1. Larry the Answer Guy: Book's answer to "above the fold" is "below par"

    Answer to question about meaning of "above the fold" is less than enlightening.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Abilene Reporter-News

  2. Answer Man: Vintage farm equipment heads to Spring Valley

    Dear Answer Man, there's a show of old tractors somewhere in the area this summer. Do you know where?
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Post-Bulletin

  3. Answer Man: Call your bank if ATM stiffs you

    Dear Answer Man, I used the ATM in my favorite store yesterday — a store with the initials KT — and the ATM didn't dispense my money. I went to the counter and they said sorry, Charlie, you have to ca
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Post-Bulletin


  1. "This announcement is as convincing an answer to the efforts undertaken in Iran in the past few days as any we could provide," Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington when asked to react to a deal with Iran brokered by...
    on May 18, 2010 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "In answer, we must demonstrate to the people and to the Taliban that Afghan and international forces are here to safeguard the Afghan people, and that we are in this to win," Petraeus said on the Fourth of July, US Independence Day.
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: David Petraeus Source: KITV Honolulu

  3. "The answer is not to try to reinvent that system," Bush said. "It is to fix the problems we face, make the reforms we need, and move forward with the free market system."
    on Nov 13, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Bloomberg

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