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Definition of ANSWER

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Answer \An"swer\, v. i.
     1. To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response. [1913 Webster]

              There was no voice, nor any that answered. --1 Kings xviii. 26. [1913 Webster]

     2. To make a satisfactory response or return. Hence: 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. [1913 Webster]

              Let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law.                                  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To be or act in return. Hence:
        (a) 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. [1913 Webster]

                  Do the strings answer to thy noble hand?
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster] (b) To be opposite, or to act in opposition. (c) To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer. (d) To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; -- usually with to. [1913 Webster]

                  That the time may have all shadow and silence in it, and the place answer to convenience. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

                  If this but answer to my just belief, I 'll remember you.               --Shak. [1913 Webster]

                  As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.                    --Prov. xxvii.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Answer \An"swer\ ([a^]n"s[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Answered} ([a^]n"s[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Answering}.] [OE. andswerien, AS. andswerian, andswarian, to answer, fr. andswaru, n., answer. See {Answer}, n.]
     1. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              She answers him as if she knew his mind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              So spake the apostate angel, though in pain: . . . And him thus answered soon his bold compeer.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute. [1913 Webster]

              No man was able to answer him a word. --Matt. xxii.
                                                    46. [1913 Webster]

              These shifts refuted, answer thine appellant.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              The reasoning was not and could not be answered.
                                                    --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     4. To be or act in return or response to. Hence: (a) 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. [1913 Webster]

                  This proud king . . . studies day and night To answer all the debts he owes unto you.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster] (b) To render account to or for. [1913 Webster]

                  I will . . . send him to answer thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster] (c) To atone; to be punished for. [1913 Webster]

                  And grievously hath C[ae]zar answered it.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster] (d) To be opposite to; to face. [1913 Webster]

                  The windows answering each other, we could just discern the glowing horizon them. --Gilpin. [1913 Webster] (e) To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay. [R.] [1913 Webster]

                  Money answereth all things.       --Eccles. x.
                                                    19. [1913 Webster] (f) To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit. [1913 Webster]

                  Weapons must needs be dangerous things, if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person.
                                                    --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Answer \An"swer\, n. [OE. andsware, AS. andswaru; and against + swerian to swear. [root]177, 196. See {Anti-}, and {Swear}, and cf. 1st {un-}.]
     1. A reply to a charge; a defense.
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              At my first answer no man stood with me. --2 Tim. iv. 16. [1913 Webster]

     2. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply. [1913 Webster]

              A soft answer turneth away wrath.     --Prov. xv. 1. [1913 Webster]

              I called him, but he gave me no answer. --Cant. v.
                                                    6. [1913 Webster]

     3. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action. [1913 Webster]

              Great the slaughter is
              Here made by the Roman; great the answer be Britons must take.                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Law) 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. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Reply; rejoinder; response. See {Reply}.
          [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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