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1 something spoken or written in reaction especially to a question

  • the standard answer of "Fine, thank you" when asked, "How are you?"
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2 something attained by mental effort and especially by computation

  • the answers to the odd-numbered problems are at the back of the book
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3 action or behavior that is done in return to other action or behavior

  • a cold stare was her withering answer to that gratuitous insult
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answer, response, reply, rejoinder, retort mean something spoken, written, or done in return. answer implies the satisfying of a question, demand, call, or need.
    • had answers to all their questions
response may imply a quick or spontaneous reaction to a person or thing that serves as a stimulus.
    • a response to the call for recruits
reply often suggests a thorough response to all issues, points, or questions raised.
    • a point-by-point reply to the accusation
rejoinder can be a response to a reply or to an objection.
    • a salesman with a quick rejoinder to every argument
retort implies a reaction to an implicit or explicit charge, criticism, or attack which contains a countercharge or counterattack.
    • she made a cutting retort to her critics

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1 to speak or write in reaction to a question or to another reaction

  • didnʼt answer right away when the detective asked him where heʼd been for the last three hours
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2 to be in agreement on every point

  • sorry, I havenʼt seen anyone answering to that description
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fall in with

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3 to do what is required by the terms of

  • I donʼt have a box cutter as such, but will this knife answer the purpose?
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abide by, make good (or make good on)

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4 to find an answer for through reasoning

  • try to answer this riddle
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