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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Answer  \An"swer\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Answered};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Answering}.]  [OE.  andswerien  AS  andswerian  andswarian 
  to  answer,  fr  andswaru  n.,  answer.  See  {Answer},  n.] 
  1.  To  speak  in  defense  against;  to  reply  to  in  defense;  as 
  to  answer  a  charge;  to  answer  an  accusation. 
 
  2.  To  speak  or  write  in  return  to  as  in  return  to  a  call  or 
  question,  or  to  a  speech,  declaration,  argument,  or  the 
  like  to  reply  to  (a  question,  remark,  etc.);  to  respond 
  to 
 
  She  answers  him  as  if  she  knew  his  mind.  --Shak. 
 
  So  spake  the  apostate  angel,  though  in  pain:  .  .  . 
  And  him  thus  answered  soon  his  bold  compeer. 
  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  respond  to  satisfactorily;  to  meet  successfully  by  way 
  of  explanation,  argument,  or  justification,  and  the  like 
  to  refute. 
 
  No  man  was  able  to  answer  him  a  word  --Matt.  xxii. 
  46. 
 
  These  shifts  refuted,  answer  thine  appellant. 
  --Milton. 
 
  The  reasoning  was  not  and  could  not  be  answered. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  4.  To  be  or  act  in  return  or  response  to  Hence: 
  a  To  be  or  act  in  compliance  with  in  fulfillment  or 
  satisfaction  of  as  an  order  obligation,  demand;  as 
  he  answered  my  claim  upon  him  the  servant  answered 
  the  bell. 
 
  This  proud  king  .  .  .  studies  day  and  night  To 
  answer  all  the  debts  he  owes  unto  you  --Shak. 
  b  To  render  account  to  or  for 
 
  I  will  .  .  .  send  him  to  answer  thee.  --Shak. 
  c  To  atone;  to  be  punished  for 
 
  And  grievously  hath  C[ae]zar  answered  it 
  --Shak. 
  d  To  be  opposite  to  to  face. 
 
  The  windows  answering  each  other  we  could  just 
  discern  the  glowing  horizon  them  --Gilpin. 
  e  To  be  or  act  an  equivalent  to  or  as  adequate  or 
  sufficient  for  to  serve  for  to  repay.  [R.] 
 
  Money  answereth  all  things  --Eccles.  x. 
  19. 
  f  To  be  or  act  in  accommodation,  conformity,  relation, 
  or  proportion  to  to  correspond  to  to  suit. 
 
  Weapons  must  needs  be  dangerous  things  if  they 
  answered  the  bulk  of  so  prodigious  a  person. 
  --Swift. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Answer  \An"swer\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  speak  or  write  by  way  of  return  (originally,  to  a 
  charge),  or  in  reply;  to  make  response. 
 
  There  was  no  voice,  nor  any  that  answered.  --1  Kings 
  xviii.  26. 
 
  2.  To  make  a  satisfactory  response  or  return.  Hence:  To 
  render  account,  or  to  be  responsible;  to  be  accountable; 
  to  make  amends;  as  the  man  must  answer  to  his  employer 
  for  the  money  intrusted  to  his  care 
 
  Let  his  neck  answer  for  it  if  there  is  any  martial 
  law.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  be  or  act  in  return.  Hence: 
  a  To  be  or  act  by  way  of  compliance,  fulfillment, 
  reciprocation,  or  satisfaction;  to  serve  the  purpose; 
  as  gypsum  answers  as  a  manure  on  some  soils. 
 
  Do  the  strings  answer  to  thy  noble  hand? 
  --Dryden. 
  b  To  be  opposite,  or  to  act  in  opposition. 
  c  To  be  or  act  as  an  equivalent,  or  as  adequate  or 
  sufficient;  as  a  very  few  will  answer. 
  d  To  be  or  act  in  conformity,  or  by  way  of 
  accommodation,  correspondence,  relation,  or 
  proportion;  to  conform;  to  correspond;  to  suit;  -- 
  usually  with  to 
 
  That  the  time  may  have  all  shadow  and  silence  in 
  it  and  the  place  answer  to  convenience.  --Shak. 
 
  If  this  but  answer  to  my  just  belief,  I  'll 
  remember  you  --Shak. 
 
  As  in  water  face  answereth  to  face,  so  the  heart 
  of  man  to  man.  --Pro?.  xxvii. 
  19. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Answer  \An"swer\,  n.  [OE.  andsware  AS  andswaru  and  against  + 
  swerian  to  swear.  ?,  ?.  See  {Anti-},  and  {Swear},  and  cf  1st 
  {un-}.] 
  1.  A  reply  to  a  change;  a  defense. 
 
  At  my  first  answer  no  man  stood  with  me  --2  Tim. 
  iv  16. 
 
  2.  Something  said  or  written  in  reply  to  a  question,  a  call 
  an  argument,  an  address,  or  the  like  a  reply. 
 
  A  soft  answer  turneth  away  wrath.  --Prov.  xv  1. 
 
  I  called  him  but  he  gave  me  no  answer.  --Cant.  v. 
  6. 
 
  3.  Something  done  in  return  for  or  in  consequence  of 
  something  else;  a  responsive  action 
 
  Great  the  slaughter  is  Here  made  by  the  Roman;  great 
  the  answer  be  Britons  must  take  --Shak. 
 
  4.  A  solution,  the  result  of  a  mathematical  operation;  as 
  the  answer  to  a  problem. 
 
  5.  (Law)  A  counter-statement  of  facts  in  a  course  of 
  pleadings;  a  confutation  of  what  the  other  party  has 
  alleged;  a  responsive  declaration  by  a  witness  in  reply  to 
  a  question.  In  Equity,  it  is  the  usual  form  of  defense  to 
  the  complainant's  charges  in  his  bill.  --Bouvier. 
 
  Syn:  Reply;  rejoinder;  response.  See  {Reply}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  answer 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {reply},  {response}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {solution}, 
  {result},  {resolution}] 
  3:  the  speech  act  of  replying  to  a  question  [ant:  {question}] 
  4:  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  plaintiff's  complaint  that  the 
  defendant  hopes  to  controvert  and  it  can  contain 
  affirmative  defenses  or  counterclaims 
  5:  a  nonverbal  reaction;  "his  answer  to  any  problem  was  to  get 
  drunk";  "their  answer  was  to  sue  me" 
  v  1:  reply  or  respond  to  "She  didn't  want  to  answer";  "answer 
  the  question";  "We  answered  that  we  would  accept  the 
  invitation"  [syn:  {reply},  {respond}] 
  2:  respond  to  a  signal;  "answer  the  door,"  "answer  the 
  telephone" 
  3:  give  the  correct  answer  or  solution  to  "answer  a  question" 
  "answer  the  riddle" 
  4:  understand  the  meaning  of  "The  question  concerning  the 
  meaning  of  life  cannot  be  answered"  [syn:  {resolve}] 
  5:  give  a  defence  or  refutation  of  (a  charge)  or  in  (an 
  argument);  "The  defendant  answered  to  all  the  charges  of 
  the  prosecution" 
  6:  be  liable  or  accountable;  "She  must  answer  for  her  actions" 
  7:  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"  [syn:  {suffice},  {do}] 
  8:  match  or  correspond;  "The  drawing  of  the  suspect  answers  to 
  the  description  the  victim  gave" 
  9:  be  satisfactory  for  meet  the  requirements  of  or  serve  the 
  purpose  of  "This  may  answer  her  needs" 
  10:  react  to  a  stimulus  or  command;  "The  steering  of  my  new  car 
  answers  to  the  slightest  touch" 




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