['ɑːnsə] or ['ænsɚ]


(noun.) a nonverbal reaction; 'his answer to any problem was to get drunk'; 'their answer was to sue me'.

(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.

(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'; 'he wrote replies to several of his critics'.

(noun.) the speech act of replying to a question.

(verb.) understand the meaning of; 'The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered'.

(verb.) give the correct answer or solution to; 'answer a question'; 'answer the riddle'.

(verb.) react to a stimulus or command; 'The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch'.

(verb.) respond to a signal; 'answer the door'; 'answer the telephone'.

(verb.) give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); 'The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution'.

(verb.) react verbally; 'She didn't want to answer'; 'answer the question'; 'We answered that we would accept the invitation'.

(verb.) be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; 'This may answer her needs'.

(verb.) match or correspond; 'The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave'.

(verb.) be liable or accountable; 'She must answer for her actions'.

整理:莱缪尔--From WordNet


(n.) To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.

(n.) 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.

(n.) To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.

(n.) To be or act in return or response to.

(n.) 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.

(n.) To render account to or for.

(n.) To atone; to be punished for.

(n.) To be opposite to; to face.

(n.) To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.

(n.) To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.

(v. i.) To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.

(v. i.) To make a satisfactory response or return.

(v. i.) 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.

(v. i.) To be or act in return.

(v. i.) 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.

(v. i.) To be opposite, or to act in opposition.

(v. i.) To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer.

(v. i.) To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; -- usually with to.

(n.) A reply to a change; a defense.

(n.) Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.

(n.) Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.

(n.) A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.

(n.) 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.



v. n. [1]. Reply (especially to a question), REJOIN, respond, say in reply, make answer.[2]. Be accountable, be responsible or liable.[3]. Correspond, be like, be similar.[4]. Do, pass, serve, be sufficient, be enough, do well enough, pass muster, be of use.

v. a. [1]. Reply to, respond to, make answer to.[2]. Refute, meet by argument or explanation.[3]. Satisfy, fulfil, be suitable to, be sufficient for.

n. [1]. Reply, response, REJOINDER, replication.[2]. Refutation, defence.



SYN:Reply, response, counter-argument, confutation, acceptance,{(as_of_a_challenge)}, tally, counterpart, solution, vindication, apology,exculpation, defense, rejoinder, repartee, retort

ANT:Challenge, question, defiance, summons, interrogation, query



v.t. to reply to: to satisfy or solve: to repay: to suit: to suffer the consequences of.—v.i. to reply: to reply favourably: to act in conformity with as 'to answer the helm:' to be accountable for (with for): to correspond: to be advantageous to: to turn out well.—n. a reply: a solution.—adj. An′swerable able to be answered: accountable: suitable: equivalent: proportional (with to).—adv. An′swerably.—n. An′swerer.—adv. An′swerless.





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