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Dictionary definition for: Answer

1. (n) a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in 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"

2. (v) reply or respond to; "She didn''t want to answer" "answer the question" "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

3. (n) a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; "they were trying to find a peaceful solution" "the answers were in the back of the book" "he computed the result to four decimal places"

4. (v) give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question" "answer the riddle"

5. (n) the speech act of replying to a question

6. (v) respond to a signal; "answer the door" "answer the telephone"

7. (n) the principle 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 plaintif

8. (v) understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"

9. (n) a nonverbal reaction; "his answer to any problem was to get drunk" "their answer was to sue me"

10. (v) give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument) "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"

11. (v) be liable or accountable; "She must answer for her actions"

12. (v) be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer" "This car suits my purpose well" "Will $100 do?" "A ''B" grade doesn''t suffice to get me into medical school" "Nothing else will serve"

13. (v) match or correspond; "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"

14. (v) be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; "This may answer her needs"

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

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