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English noun: answer

1. answer (communication) a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation

SamplesI waited several days for his answer.
He wrote replies to several of his critics.

Synonymsreply, response

Broader (hypernym)statement

Narrower (hyponym)feedback, rescript

2. answer (communication) a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

SamplesThey were trying to find a peaceful solution.
The answers were in the back of the book.
He computed the result to four decimal places.

Synonymsresolution, result, solution, solvent

Broader (hypernym)statement

Narrower (hyponym)denouement

3. answer (communication) the speech act of replying to a question

Broader (hypernym)reply, response

Narrower (hyponym)defence, defense, refutation, Urim and Thummim

Antonymsenquiry, query, question, inquiry, interrogation

4. answer (communication) 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

Broader (hypernym)pleading

Narrower (hyponym)evasive answer, nolo contendere, non vult, plea

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

5. answer (act) a nonverbal reaction

SamplesHis answer to any problem was to get drunk.
Their answer was to sue me.

Broader (hypernym)reaction, response

English verb: answer

1. answer (communication) react verbally

SamplesShe didn't want to answer.
Answer the question.
We answered that we would accept the invitation.

ExamplesThey answer that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsreply, respond

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell

Narrower (hyponym)bridle, call back, come back, counter, field, rejoin, repay, retort, return, riposte, sass

2. answer (cognition) respond to a signal

SamplesAnswer the door.
Answer the telephone.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

3. answer (cognition) give the correct answer or solution to

SamplesAnswer a question.
Answer the riddle.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out

4. answer (cognition) understand the meaning of

SamplesThe question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out

5. answer (communication) give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)

SamplesThe defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)rebut, refute

6. answer (stative) be liable or accountable

SamplesShe must answer for her actions.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)be

7. answer (stative) be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

SamplesA 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.
Nothing else will serve.

Synonymsdo, serve, suffice

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy

Narrower (hyponym)bridge over, function, go a long way, go around, keep going, measure up, qualify, serve, tide over

8. answer (stative) match or correspond

SamplesThe drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

9. answer (consumption) be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of

SamplesThis may answer her needs.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy

10. answer (cognition) react to a stimulus or command

SamplesThe steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

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