From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishansweran‧swer1 /ˈɑːnsə $ ˈænsər/ ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 replyREPLY [countable, uncountable]ANSWER/REPLY something you say when you reply to a question that someone has asked you syn response You don’t have to give them an answer now. Every time I ask him about it, I get a different answer.answer to These are important questions, and we want answers to them. She’s still waiting for an answer from the school. The honest answer was that I didn’t know. He was never able to get a straight answer about why it happened. It’s impossible for me to give you a definite answer at this time. The short answer is that it can’t be done. In answer to your question, yes, you can go. If it’s money you want, the answer is no!2 test/competition etc [countable]ANSWER/RESULTTEST/COMPETITION ETC something that you write or say in reply to a question in a test or competitionanswer to What was the answer to question 4?the right/wrong/correct/incorrect answer Score two points for each correct answer.3 invitation/letter etc [countable]ANSWER/REPLYINVITATION/LETTER ETC a written reply to a letter, invitation, advertisement etcanswer to Did you ever get an answer to your letter?4 problemDEAL WITHPROBLEM [countable] a way of dealing with a problem syn solutionsimple/easy/obvious answer There is no simple answer.answer to The police do not have an answer to rising crime. Some people think cars should be banned from the city, but I don’t think that’s the answer.be the answer to somebody’s problems/worries etc If he could get a job, it’d be the answer to all his worries.5 on the phone [singular, uncountable usually in negative]TCT if you get an answer when you call someone on the phone, they pick up the phone and talk to you I tried calling him all day but couldn’t get an answer.6 at the door [singular, uncountable usually in negative] if you get an answer when you knock on a door, someone opens it and talks to you I tried knocking on her door, but there was no answer.7 → have/know all the answers8 → somebody’s answer to somethingCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: something you say when you reply to a question that someone has asked youadjectivesan honest/straight answerThe honest answer is that I don’t know.a definite answer (=that says yes or no definitely)Can you give me a definite answer tomorrow?a satisfactory answerI didn’t get a satisfactory answer from the company.verbsgive somebody an answerI’ll give you an answer tomorrow.get/receive an answerShe wrote to him but she never got an answer.wait for an answerKate was looking at me, waiting for an answer.think of an answerShe couldn’t think of a suitable answer to his question.phrasesthe short answer is ... (=used when giving a simple, honest, or direct answer to a difficult question)‘How does homeopathy work?’ ‘The short answer to this question is that we do not know how homeopathic remedies work.’COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: something that you write or say in reply to a question in a test or competitionadjectivesthe right/wrong answerDo you know the right answer to this question?the correct/incorrect answerYou get 5 points for each correct answer.verbsknow the answerPut up your hand if you know the answer.guess the answerIf you don’t know the answer, try guessing it.write the answerDo we write the answers in the exercise book, Sir?COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: a written reply to a letter, invitation, advertisement etcadjectivesthe simple/easy answerThere are a lot of problems and no simple answers.the obvious answerThe obvious answer is to raise taxes, but that would be unpopular.the perfect answerI think I have the perfect answer to the problem.the complete answerA loan, however, is not the complete answer to the company’s problems.the long-term answerHe believes hydrogen is the long-term answer to our growing energy crisis.a short-term answerEmploying overseas nurses is only a short-term answer to the shortage. verbshave an answerDoctors are supposed to have all the answers.find an answerThe aim is to find a long-term answer to poverty.come up with an answer (=find a way of dealing with a problem)The government is struggling to come up with answers to our economic problems.THESAURUSanswer something you say when someone asks you a question or speaks to youI asked if he wanted to come, but I didn’t get an answer.If you’re asking me for money, the answer’s no!reply an answer – used especially in written English to report what someone saidShe asked how he felt, and received the reply, ‘Awful!’‘Finished now?’ ‘No, ' came the reply.response an answer that clearly shows your reaction to a question, suggestion etcWagner’s responses showed that he had thought carefully about the issues.‘Sure. Why not?’ was his response to most of Billie’s suggestions.retort written an angry answer given when someone has annoyed you or criticized youIsabelle began an angry retort and then stopped herself.comeback a quick answer that is clever, funny, or rudeHe walked out before I could think of a snappy comeback.riposte formal a quick and clever answerAnna produced the perfect riposte.rejoinder formal a quick answer, especially a clever or rude oneIf he confronts them, he’ll run the risk of a sharp rejoinder.
Examples from the Corpusanswer• Answers to the letters are as varied as the children who wrote them.• We chatted about Guantanamo, me with the long questions and he with the short, abrupt answers.• We've written to the bank requesting a loan, and we're expecting an answer in this morning's mail.• Did you ever get an answer to your last letter?• The braggart turns every question into an answer that makes himself or herself look incredibly good.• In search of an answer, you follow your nose, wherever it leads, actively pursuing the mystery.• Nor can the living coelacanth suggest an answer, for today it never leaves its deep waters.• There was a question and answer period after the lecture.• Score one point for each correct answer.• Each time I ask him when the work will be done, I get a different answer.• There are no easy answers to today's environmental problems.• I've asked Yvonne to come on vacation with us, but I'm still waiting for her answer.• What was her answer?• The obvious answer is to keep poisonous plants out of children's reach.• The city council has to find a better way of dealing with domestic waste. One answer is to burn it.• The first person to call with the right answer will win 10 CDs of their choice.• And the answer is... Budapest!• Why don't people complain? The answer is that they are frightened of losing their jobs.• Think carefully before you give the answer.• A bank loan seemed like the answer to all our problems.• If you're asking me for money, the answer's no!• What's the answer to question 4?• I must also emphasise that the answer I give to the question before me will be of general application.• The answer is certainly not to pay all academics more.• The answers they gave had to be corroborated by witnesses.• The answer to your question is very simple; you failed the exam because you didn't do any work.• Write your answers on the form and send it to this address.the answer is no• The answer is no, because some truth properties and truth relations hold regardless of reference, provided meaning is held constant.• The answer is no, no no.• I told you before, the answer is no!• In the case of short-term and occasional courses the answer is no.• If you are asking whether I feel the same about her, the answer is no.• If by the Church you mean the clergy and the laity, the answer is no.• For most people, the answer is no.• Surely, the answer is no.• Parents of these children have trouble ignoring these behaviors and in being consistently firm when the answer Is no.the right/wrong/correct/incorrect answer• No one has all the right answers but there is now a willingness to share information.• They had simply assumed that, because I had asked the question, one of those words must be the right answer.• Given the monochromatic melodrama of modern country music, versatility may not be the correct answer.• The quicker the player chooses the correct answer, the more points he or she gets.• I quickly found out that knowing the right answer was much easier than selling it.• A total of 71 percent of the full attainment range sample obtained the correct answer.• But it's the wrong answer.• The point is that nobody can be sure what the correct answer actually is.answer to• I never did get an answer to that final one.• An answer to that question might give clues to the broader question of the function of sleep.• A third consideration draws attention to the association between answers to the Ten Statements Test, and another set of factors.• The attendant was entirely honest in his answers to my questions and in the amount of fuel he pumped.• At first glance the answer to this question too seems to be in the negative.• Do you really want to hear the answers to all those questions?• The answer to that question depends in part on your business.• Send your answers to Link editor, , .be the answer to somebody’s problems/worries etc• MartinBanks A wireless network system throughout the home could be the answer to everyone's problems.• They knew a dehumidifier was the answer to their problems but did not have the funds to buy one.• Before taking any decision to relocate, organisations should consider carefully whether relocation is the answer to their problems.no answer• Primo had no answer for him.• There is no answer to this tension, no way to relieve it.• He made no answer, but continued to look out at the river under the moon.• Morris offers no answers, but the often skewed perspectives of his subjects point us down most intriguing paths.• He thumped his hand on it twice and, receiving no answer, used his keys and entered.• I called him but there was no answer and he hasn't phoned me back.• When I first arrived at the flat and knocked on the door there was no answer.• At once they began to scream their daily challenge; but this time, there was no answer.• There was no answer to the phone.