answer

An answer is a response to a question, problem, or need. If you don’t get enough sleep, quitting your late-night TV habit might be the answer.

Answer, which can be a noun or a verb, comes from the Old English for swear, and the word originally meant an official, sworn response to a legal charge. We don’t have to be sworn in when we answer a question, however, we just need to reply. Answer also means "solution." Is the answer to poverty better education? If you meet a requirement, you answer it. If you are obligated to someone, you answer to him.

Definitions of answer
  1. noun
    a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
    “I waited several days for his answer
    synonyms: reply, response
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    rescript
    a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
    feedback
    response to an inquiry or experiment
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    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  2. noun
    the speech act of replying to a question
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    enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, query, question
    an instance of questioning
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    Urim and Thummim
    lots thrown to determine God's answers to yes-no questions
    defence, defense, refutation
    the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
    confutation
    the speech act of refuting conclusively
    rebuttal
    the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary contention or argument
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    reply, response
    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
  3. noun
    a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
    “the answers were in the back of the book”
    synonyms: resolution, result, solution, solvent
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    denouement
    the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
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    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  4. verb
    react verbally
    “She didn't want to answer
    answer the question”
    “We answered that we would accept the invitation”
    synonyms: reply, respond
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    call back
    return or repeat a telephone call
    counter
    speak in response
    field
    answer adequately or successfully
    sass
    answer back in an impudent or insolent manner
    come back, rejoin, repay, retort, return, riposte
    answer back
    bridle
    respond to the reins, as of horses
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    say, state, tell
    express in words
  5. verb
    give the correct answer or solution to
    answer a question”
    answer the riddle”
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    figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  6. noun
    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
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    evasive answer
    (law) an answer by a defendant that fails to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint
    nolo contendere, non vult
    (law) an answer of `no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction
    plea
    (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
    counterplea
    a plaintiff's reply to a defendant's plea
    dilatory plea
    a plea that delays the action without settling the cause of action; it can challenge the jurisdiction or claim disability of the defendant etc. (such defenses are usually raised in the defendant's answer)
    insanity plea, plea of insanity
    (criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time
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    pleading
    (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
  7. verb
    give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
    “The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution”
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    rebut, refute
    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  8. noun
    a nonverbal reaction
    “their answer was to sue me”
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    reaction, response
    a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent
  9. verb
    react to a stimulus or command
    “The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch”
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    react, respond
    show a response or a reaction to something
  10. verb
    respond to a signal
    answer the door”
    answer the telephone”
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    react, respond
    show a response or a reaction to something
  11. verb
    understand the meaning of
    “The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered
    synonyms: resolve
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    figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  12. verb
    be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    “A few words would answer
    synonyms: do, serve, suffice
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    bridge over, keep going, tide over
    suffice for a period between two points
    go a long way
    suffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent
    function, serve
    serve a purpose, role, or function
    measure up, qualify
    prove capable or fit; meet requirements
    go around
    be sufficient
    prelude
    serve as a prelude or opening to
    act as
    function as or act like
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    fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
    meet the requirements or expectations of
  13. verb
    be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
    “This may answer her needs”
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    fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
    fill or meet a want or need
  14. verb
    be liable or accountable
    “She must answer for her actions”
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  15. verb
    match or correspond
    “The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave”
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
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