verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of answer
Synonyms for answer
Related Words for answerscomment, remark, justification, interpretation, key, explanation, solution, sign, result, statement, observation, report, return, rebuttal, resolution, response, feedback, respond, claim, deny
Examples from the Web for answers
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 1, 2015
Her phone rings at least once an hour with questions from journalists, which she answers in Arabic, English, and sometimes French.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Yet financialism can leave voters feeling queasy, and candidates grasping for answers.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?
December 15, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
At just three pages long, the memo leaves more questions than it answers.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of answers
All these answers, were in truth no replies at all, for they did not disprove the facts.
In his reply he placed, point by point, the answers in the scales along with his own accusations.
I now send you copies of my letters to my uncles: with their answers.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Answers not dissimilar have been given before by other artists in like case.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Occasionally biscuits and game have been mentioned in the answers.
- 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