verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- answer back,
- answer for,
- answer print,
- answer to,
Origin of answer
Examples from the Web for answers
In my search for answers about who I was, I pored over religious texts in search of enlightenment.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her phone rings at least once an hour with questions from journalists, which she answers in Arabic, English, and sometimes French.
Yet financialism can leave voters feeling queasy, and candidates grasping for answers.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?|Lloyd Green|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hitchcock arrives about ten o'clock, reads his mail, and answers the few phone calls he gets.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At just three pages long, the memo leaves more questions than it answers.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It|Abby Haglage|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only it is myself who make the answers, and they are not half so182 sweet as they would be in reality.The Eternal City|Hall Caine
Thanks about the instinct of nidification, and for your answers on many points.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II|Charles Darwin
All this was put by Pyle to the witnesses in due order, and they were unanimous in their answers.A Veldt Vendetta|Bertram Mitford
Answers to these petitions were invariably received, when the Hong merchants would prepare for us a rejoinder, if necessary.The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844|William C. Hunter
Upon the answers to these questions hinged the votes of most, if not all, southern congressmen.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965|Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
- 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