Definition of Answer

An´swer   Pronunciation: ăn´sẽr
v. t.1.To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.
[imp. & p. p. Answered (ăn"sẽrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Answering.]
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.
She answers him as if she knew his mind.
- Shak.
So spake the apostate angel, though in pain: . . .
And him thus answered soon his bold compeer.
- Milton.
3.To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.
No man was able to answer him a word.
- Matt. xxii. 46.
These shifts refuted, answer thine appellant.
- Milton.
The reasoning was not and could not be answered.
- Macaulay.
4.To be or act in return or response to.
This proud king . . . studies day and night
To answer all the debts he owes unto you.
- Shak.
5.To render account to or for.
I will . . . send him to answer thee.
- Shak.
6.To atone; to be punished for.
And grievously hath Cæzar answered it.
- Shak.
7.To be opposite to; to face.
The windows answering each other, we could just discern the glowing horizon them.
- Gilpin.
8.To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay.
Money answereth all things.
- Eccles. x. 19.
9.To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.
Weapons must needs be dangerous things, if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person.
- Swift.
v. i.1.To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.
There was no voice, nor any that answered.
- 1 Kings xviii. 26.
2.To make a satisfactory response or return.
Let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law.
- Shak.
3.To be or act in return.
Do the strings answer to thy noble hand?
- Dryden.
4.To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
That the time may have all shadow and silence in it, and the place answer to convenience.
- Shak.
If this but answer to my just belief,
I 'll remember you.
- Shak.
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
- Prov. xxvii. 19.
n.1.A reply to a charge; a defense.
At my first answer no man stood with me.
- 2 Tim. iv. 16.
2.Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
- Prov. xv. 1.
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
- Cant. v. 6.
3.Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.
Great the slaughter is
Here made by the Roman; great the answer be
Britons must take.
- Shak.
4.A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.
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.

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