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to say something to someone as a reply when they have asked you a question, made a suggestion etc:
reply[intransitive and transitive]
She thought for a moment before answering.
He still hadn't answered my question.
'Why don't you just leave?' 'I'd like to,' she answered, 'but I have nowhere else to go.'
When questioned, Hughes answered that he knew nothing about the robbery.
How much was it? Come on, answer me.
to write or say the answer to a question in a test or competition:
test[intransitive and transitive]
Answer as many questions as possible in the time provided.
to pick up the telephone and speak when it rings or open the door when someone knocks or rings the bell
if you answer a letter or advertisement, you write a letter to the person who has written it:
Simon got the job by answering an advert in the paper.
to explain why you did something when people are criticizing you - used in news reports:
How do you answer the criticism that your government has done nothing to help the homeless?
to do something as a reaction to criticism or an attack [= respond]:
react to something[intransitive and transitive]
The army answered by firing into the crowd.
to be a way of dealing with or solving a problem:
deal with a problem[transitive]
'You can borrow my car if you like.' 'Well, that answers one problem.'
to provide something that is needed:
Our transportation system is designed to answer the needs of the city's commuters.
if someone answers a description, they match that description:
A man answering the police's description was seen entering the building.
answer backphrasal verb
answer somebody back
Don't answer me back young man!
answer for somebody/somethingphrasal verb
to explain to people in authority why you did something wrong or why something happened, and be punished if necessary:
Their coach must answer for the team's poor performance.
to be responsible for causing a lot of trouble
used to say that you cannot make a decision for someone who is not there, or give their opinion:
I'm sure John will help us - I can't really answer for the others.
answer to somebody/somethingphrasal verb
to give an explanation to someone, especially about something that you have done wrong:
Phipps answers to me and me alone.
to be called a particular name - used humorously:
a well-dressed young woman answering to the name of Suzanne