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answer

noun

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1 something spoken or written in reaction especially to a question
  • the standard answer of {ldquo}Fine, thank you{rdquo} when asked, {ldquo}How are you?{rdquo}
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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 shrug of the shoulders was her answer to the complaint.
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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

answer

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1 to speak or write in reaction to a question or to another reaction
  • He didn't answer right away when the teacher asked for his thoughts.
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2 to be in agreement on every point
  • Sorry, I haven't 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 don't have a ladle as such, but will this spoon 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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