usage: 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"
usage: 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"
3. answer, reply, response
usage: the speech act of replying to a question
4. answer, pleading
usage: 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
5. answer, reaction, response
usage: a nonverbal reaction; "his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; "their answer was to sue me"
1. answer, reply, respond, state, say, tell
usage: react verbally; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
2. answer, react, respond
usage: respond to a signal; "answer the door"; "answer the telephone"
3. answer, solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work
usage: give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"
4. answer, resolve, solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work
usage: understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
5. answer, refute, rebut
usage: give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
6. answer, be
usage: be liable or accountable; "She must answer for her actions"
7. suffice, do, answer, serve, satisfy, fulfill, fulfil, live up to
usage: 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"