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Definition 1: a nonverbal reaction - [noun denoting act]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his answer to any problem was to get drunk
  • their answer was to sue me

(answer is a kind of ...) a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent

"a bad reaction to the medicine" "his responses have slowed with age"

Definition 2: the speech act of replying to a question - [noun denoting communication]

(answer is a kind of ...) the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

"he growled his reply"

(... is a kind of answer ) lots thrown to determine God's answers to yes-no questions

(... is a kind of answer ) the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

"his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive" "in defense he said the other man started it"

Definition 3: a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I waited several days for his answer
  • he wrote replies to several of his critics

Synonyms for answer in the sense of this definition

(answer is a kind of ...) a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

"according to his statement he was in London on that day"

(... is a kind of answer ) a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality

(... is a kind of answer ) response to an inquiry or experiment

Definition 4: a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for answer in the sense of this definition

(answer is a kind of ...) a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

"according to his statement he was in London on that day"

(... is a kind of answer ) the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

Definition 5: 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 - [noun denoting communication]

(answer is a kind of ...) (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding

(... is a kind of answer ) (law) an answer by a defendant that fails to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint

(... is a kind of answer ) (law) an answer of `no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction

(... is a kind of answer ) (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)

(answer belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 6: give the correct answer or solution to - [verb of cognition]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • answer a question
  • answer the riddle

(answer is a kind of ...) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

"did you solve the problem?" "Work out your problems with the boss" "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out" "did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"

Definition 7: respond to a signal - [verb of cognition]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • answer the door
  • answer the telephone

(answer is a kind of ...) show a response or a reaction to something

Definition 8: understand the meaning of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered

Synonyms for answer in the sense of this definition

(answer is a kind of ...) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

"did you solve the problem?" "Work out your problems with the boss" "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out" "did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"

Definition 9: react to a stimulus or command - [verb of cognition]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch

(answer is a kind of ...) show a response or a reaction to something

Definition 10: react verbally - [verb of communication]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She didn't want to answer
  • answer the question
  • We answered that we would accept the invitation

Synonyms for answer in the sense of this definition

(answer is a kind of ...) express in words

"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion" "state your name"

(... is a kind of answer ) return or repeat a telephone call

"I am busy right now--can you call back in an hour?" "She left a message but the contractor never called back"

(... is a kind of answer ) speak in response

"He countered with some very persuasive arguments"

(... is a kind of answer ) answer adequately or successfully

"The lawyer fielded all questions from the press"

(... is a kind of answer ) answer back in an impudent or insolent manner

"don't sass me!" "The teacher punished the students who were sassing all morning"

(... is a kind of answer ) answer back

(... is a kind of answer ) respond to the reins, as of horses

Definition 11: give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument) - [verb of communication]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution

(answer is a kind of ...) overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

"The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"

Definition 12: be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of - [verb of consumption]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This may answer her needs

(answer is a kind of ...) fill, satisfy or meet a want or need or condtion ro restriction

"does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?" "This job doesn't match my dreams" "meet a need"

Definition 13: match or correspond - [verb of stative]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave

(answer is a kind of ...) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

"The two stories don't agree in many details" "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check" "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

Definition 14: be liable or accountable - [verb of stative]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She must answer for her actions

(answer is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

Definition 15: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity - [verb of stative]

Samples where answer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • Nothing else will serve

Synonyms for answer in the sense of this definition

(answer is a kind of ...) meet the requirements or expectations of

(... is a kind of answer ) suffice for a period between two points

"This money will keep us going for another year"

(... is a kind of answer ) suffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent

(... is a kind of answer ) serve a purpose, role, or function

"The tree stump serves as a table" "The female students served as a control group" "This table would serve very well" "His freedom served him well" "The table functions as a desk"

(... is a kind of answer ) prove capable or fit; meet requirements

(... is a kind of answer ) be sufficient

"There's not enough to go around"

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