Synonyms of answering


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"


1. answering, respondent, responsive (vs. unresponsive)

usage: replying; "an answering glance"; "an answering smile"

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