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Definition of answer:

  1. A counter- statement of facts in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alleged; a responsive declaration by a witness in reply to a question. In Equity, it is the usual form of defense to the complainant's charges in his bill.
  2. A reply to a change; a defense.
  3. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.
  4. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.
  5. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.
  6. To atone; to be punished for.
  7. To be opposite to; to face.
  8. To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
  9. To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
  10. To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer.
  11. To be or act by way of compliance, fulfillment, reciprocation, or satisfaction; to serve the purpose; as, gypsum answers as a manure on some soils.
  12. To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.
  13. To be or act in compliance with, in fulfillment or satisfaction of, as an order, obligation, demand; as, he answered my claim upon him; the servant answered the bell.
  14. To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; - usually with to.
  15. To be or act in return or response to.
  16. To be or act in return.
  17. To make a satisfactory response or return.
  18. To render account to or for.
  19. To render account, or to be responsible; to be accountable; to make amends; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money intrusted to his care.
  20. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.
  21. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.
  22. To speak or write by way of return ( originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.
  23. To speak or write in return to, as in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration, argument, or the like; to reply to ( a question, remark, etc.); to respond to.


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