Meaning of ANSWER in English

n. & v.


1. something said or done to deal with or in reaction to a question, statement, or circumstance.

2 the solution to a problem.


1. tr. make an answer to (answer me; answer my question).

2 intr. (often foll. by to) make an answer.

3 tr. respond to the summons or signal of (answer the door; answer the telephone).

4 tr. be satisfactory for (a purpose or need).

5 intr. (foll. by for, to) be responsible (you will answer to me for your conduct).

6 intr. (foll. by to) correspond, esp. to a description.

7 intr. be satisfactory or successful.

Phrases and idioms:

answer back answer a rebuke etc. impudently. answering machine a tape recorder which supplies a recorded answer to a telephone call. answering service a business that receives and answers telephone calls for its clients. answer to the name of be called.

Etymology: OE andswaru, andswarian f. Gmc, swear against (charge)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.