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answer

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of answer

  1. 1 something spoken or written in reaction especially to a question the standard answer of “Fine, thank you” when asked, “How are you?” Synonyms of answer comeback, rejoinder, replication, reply, response, retort, return Words Related to answer back talk, banter, persiflage, repartee; acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), comment, communication, correspondence, feedback, non sequitur, observation, reaction, remark; defense, explanation, justification, plea, rebuttal, refutation Near Antonyms of answer challenge, charge, cross-examination, grilling, interrogation, interrogatory, quiz; poll, questionnaire, survey Antonyms of answer inquiry, query, question

  2. 2 something attained by mental effort and especially by computation the answers to the odd-numbered problems are at the back of the book Synonyms of answer result, solution Words Related to answer conclusion, determination, explanation, finding; clue, key

  3. 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 Synonyms of answer reaction, reply, response, takeWords Related to answer backlash, kickback; rebound; recoil, reflex; revulsion, rise; counterreaction, counterresponseNear Antonyms of answer action, behavior; cause, effect

Synonym Discussion of answer

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

answer

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of answer

  1. 1 to speak or write in reaction to a question or to another reaction didn't answer right away when the detective asked him where he'd been for the last three hours Synonyms of answer come back, rejoin, reply, respond, retort, return, riposte Words Related to answer acknowledge, comment, communicate, correspond, react, remark; counter, defend, deny, explain, field, rebut, refute Near Antonyms of answer challenge, cross-examine, examine, grill, interrogate, pump, quiz; poll, query, survey Antonyms of answer ask, inquire, question

  2. 2 to be in agreement on every point sorry, I haven't seen anyone answering to that description Synonyms of answer accord, agree, check, chord, cohere, coincide, comport, conform, consist, correspond, dovetail, fit, go, harmonize, jibe, rhyme (also rime), sort, square, tallyWords Related to answer equal, match, parallel; align (also aline), line up, registerNear Antonyms of answer contradict, dispute, gainsay; negate, nullify; clash, conflict, jarAntonyms of answer differ (from), disagree (with)

  3. 3 to do what is required by the terms of I don't have a box cutter as such, but will this knife answer the purpose? Synonyms of answer fulfill, complete, comply (with), fill, keep, meet, redeem, satisfyWords Related to answer conclude, consummate, finalize, finish, perfect; accomplish, achieve, bring about, bring off, carry out, effect; commit, compass, discharge, execute, follow through (with), make, performNear Antonyms of answer default (on); disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slightAntonyms of answer breach, break, transgress, violate

  4. 4 to find an answer for through reasoning try to answer this riddle Synonyms of answer solve, break, crack, dope (out), figure out, puzzle (out), resolve, riddle (out), unravel, unriddle, work, work outWords Related to answer conclude, decide, deduce, gather, infer, judge, reason; clear (up), iron out, straighten (out), unscramble, untangle, untie; assume, conjecture, divine, guess, presume, speculate; decipher, decode



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