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Answer

Answer appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Murder answer: H threw snaredrum.
  • "No crews", NATO nods, "do not answer con."
  • "He drew snares in oily moss!": so my lioniser answer’d, eh?
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Usage statistics for the noun answer:

conversational speech27.47%task-oriented speech72.53%

Usage statistics for the verb answer:

conversational speech24.85%task-oriented speech75.15% imaginative writing75.5%informational writing24.5%
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The word answer is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun answer

What does answer mean as a name of something?

Answer is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: answers

  1. a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
    • example: I waited several days for his answer
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of answer: reply / response
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
    • more specific words:
      • rescript = a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
      • feedback = response to an inquiry or experiment
  2. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
    • example: the answers were in the back of the book
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of answer: resolution / result / solution / solvent
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
    • more specific word: denouement = the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
  3. the speech act of replying to a question
  4. 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
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: pleading = a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
    • more specific terms:
      • evasive answer = an answer by a defendant that fails to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint
      • nolo contendere / non vult = an answer of `no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction
      • plea = a defendant's answer by a factual matter
  5. a nonverbal reaction
    • examples: his answer to any problem was to get drunk | their answer was to sue me
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: reaction / response = a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent

Alternative definition of the noun answer

noun

  1. A response; something said or done in reaction to a statement or question.
  2. A solution to a problem.
  3. Reply to an email. (reply)
  4. [legal] A document filed in response to a complaint, responding to each point raised in the complaint and raising counterpoints.

Definition of the verb answer

What does answer mean as a doing word?

Answer is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: answered | answering | answers

  1. react verbally
    • examples: She didn't want to answer | answer the question | We answered that we would accept the invitation | They answer that there was a traffic accident
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of answer: reply / respond
    • more generic words: say / state / tell = express in words
    • more specific terms:
  2. respond to a signal
    • examples: answer the door | answer the telephone
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: react / respond = show a response or a reaction to something
  3. give the correct answer or solution to
    • examples: answer a question | answer the riddle
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: figure out / lick / puzzle out / solve / work / work out = find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  4. understand the meaning of
    • example: The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of answer: resolve
    • more generic terms: figure out / lick / puzzle out / solve / work / work out = find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  5. give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
    • example: The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: rebut / refute = overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  6. be liable or accountable
    • example: She must answer for her actions
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  7. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  8. match or correspond
    • example: The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: agree / check / correspond / fit / gibe / jibe / match / tally = be compatible, similar or consistent
  9. be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
  10. react to a stimulus or command
    • example: The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: react / respond = show a response or a reaction to something

Alternative definition of the verb answer

verb

  1. To make a reply or response to.
  2. To respond to a call by someone at a door or telephone, or other similar piece of equipment.
  3. To suit a need or purpose satisfactorily.
  4. [legal] To file a document in response to a complaint.
  5. To correspond to; to be in harmony with; to be in agreement with.

Group

Answer a.k.a. The Answer are a Northern Irish hard rock and blues-rock band from Newcastle and Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland. They have achieved success with their debut album Rise selling in excess of 30,000 copies in the UK & Europe, 10,000 on day one in Japan and 100,000 worldwide.

Music

  1. "ANSWER", released on February 25, 2009 is Angela Aki's 3rd Japanese studio album. It sold 74,068 copies in its first week, peaking at Number 1 on the Oricon charts. It includes a re-recording of We're All Alone, a song that she had previously covered on One. This marks the second time Angela has re-recorded a song from that 2005 Indie album for inclusion on a major label release. It was released in two editions - the regular Cd edition, and a limited first-press only edition which includes a DVD.
  2. "Answer" is a musical single of Glay & Kyosuke Himuro.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  3. "Answer" is a musical single of No Sleeves.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  4. "Answer" is a composition.
  5. "ANSWER" is a musical single of Vivid.
    • released on
  6. "ANSWER" is a composition.
  7. "ANSWER" is a composition.
  8. "Answer" is a musical album of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  9. "ANSWER" is a musical single of Ms.OOJA.
    • released on
  10. "ANSWER" is a musical album of AYABIE.
    • released on
  11. "ANSWER" is a musical EP of AlphaBAT.
    • released on
  12. "Answer" is a musical album of Jan Simons Band.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  13. "ANSWER" is a composition.
  14. "ANSWER" is a musical single of Noriyuki Makihara.
    • released on (24 years ago)
  15. "ANSWER" is a musical EP of Kobukuro.
    • released on (15 years ago)

Film

"ANSWER" is a short film, directed by Makoto Kobayashi and written by Makoto Kobayashi & Yasushi Hirano.

Character

The Answer is the name of three fictional comic book characters, owned by Marvel Comics and appearing in that company's Marvel Universe.

Miscellanea

  1. Answer: Generally, an answer is a reply to a question or is a solution, a retaliation, or a response that is relevant to the said question.
    • also known as counter-statement, reply
  2. Answer is FLOW's twelfth single. The A-Side was used as opening theme song for the drama Tantei Gakuen. It reached #7 on the Oricon charts in its first week and charted for 12 weeks.

Phrases with Answer

Phrases starting with the word Answer:

  1. Answer to
  2. answer for
  3. Answer back
  4. Answer print
  5. Answer the Helm
  6. Answer on a Postcard
  7. Answer the Call of Nature

Phrases ending with the word Answer:

  1. to answer
  2. evasive answer
  3. Take No For an Answer

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Answer

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Google previewMosby's Massage Therapy Review (2014)

by Sandy Fritz

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY Answers and Rationales to Factual Recall Questions 1. c Factual recall Rationale: The answer describes record-keeping responsibilities. 2. d Factual recall Rationale: The correct answer is the definition of charting.

Google previewEssentials of Stem Cell Biology (2005)

by Robert Lanza, John Gearhart, Brigid Hogan, Douglas Melton, Roger Pedersen, E. Donnall Thomas, James A. Thomson, Michael West

One possible answer is that we may have been misled by the observation that ES cells are immortal if cultured under the appropriate conditions. In vivo they may have a limited life span, and they may gradually disappear as the embryo ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

The component parts will answer in any order; it is best, however, when it can be done, to take them in such order as may clear off some of the lower places in the first multiplication, as is done in both the examples. The operation may be ...

Google previewMorton's College Student Dictionary (2005)

by Carl Morton

afterthought: remembering the answer to a question after the exam is over. alarm clock: a boom-box that tells ...

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Usage statistics about answer

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun answer:

conversational speech27.47%task-oriented speech72.53%

Usage statistics for the verb answer:

conversational speech24.85%task-oriented speech75.15% imaginative writing75.5%informational writing24.5%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun answer:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the noun answer and its most common antonym:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb answer:

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Quotes about Answer

I'll give you my answer calmly and sensibly, my final answer. My final answer is finally no. The answer is no! Absolutely and finally no! Finally and positively no! No! No! No! N - O! (Abraham Polonsky)
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Scrabble value of A1N1S1W4E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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