verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of answer
Synonyms for answer
Related Words for answercomment, remark, justification, interpretation, key, explanation, solution, sign, result, statement, observation, report, return, rebuttal, resolution, response, feedback, respond, claim, deny
Examples from the Web for answer
Contemporary Examples of answer
Take the chief metric of the war in Vietnam—body counts, which ultimately did not answer whether the strategy was working.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
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January 7, 2015
This reporter knocked at the Wilkins home on Tuesday morning but received neither an answer nor the business end of a shotgun.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
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They already know the answer, but they know by feigning ignorance they can create all this debate about it.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
And why would its ostensible spokesperson refuse to answer yes/no questions about them?How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
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Some questions we may never know the answer to: Was Jay Z doing something he shouldn't have been doing?Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
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Historical Examples of answer
Ask the poor fisherman at the gates, who has been to him as a brother; and he will answer 'Anaxagoras.'
Aspasia was next called to answer the charges brought against her.
No answer coming, he peered through the window, but saw no one.Brave and Bold
He did apply, and at the end of a month, no answer had been returned to his communication.
I received no answer, and then I turned to the congregation.
- a party's written reply to his opponent's interrogatories
- (in divorce law) the respondent's written reply to the petition
Word Origin for answer
Old English andswaru "an answer, a reply," from and- "against" (see ante) + -swaru "affirmation," from swerian "to swear" (see swear), suggesting an original sense of "make a sworn statement rebutting a charge." A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon antswor, Old Norse andsvar, Old Frisian ondser, Danish and Swedish ansvar), implying a Proto-Germanic *andswara-. Meaning "a reply to a question," the main modern sense, was present in Old English. Meaning "solution of a problem" is from c.1300.
Old English answarian "to answer;" see answer (n.). Meaning "to respond in antiphony" is from early 15c.; that of "to be responsible for" is early 13c. Related: Answered; answering. The telephone answering machine is from 1961.
In addition to the idioms beginning with answer
- answer back
- answer for
- answer to
- know all the answers
- take no for an answer