Synonyms of answer


1. answer, reply, response, statement

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"

2. solution, answer, result, resolution, solvent, statement

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"

8. answer, match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree

usage: match or correspond; "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"

9. answer, meet, satisfy, fill, fulfill, fulfil

usage: be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; "This may answer her needs"

10. answer, react, respond

usage: react to a stimulus or command; "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"

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Definition and meaning of answer (Dictionary)