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'ANSWER, v.t. ansur.

1. To speak in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration or argument of another person; as, "I have called and ye have not answered." "He answered the question or the argument." This may be in agreement and confirmation of what was said, or in opposition to it.

2. To be equivalent to; to be adequate to, or sufficient to accomplish the object. "Money answereth all things," noting, primarily, return.

3. To comply with, fulfill, pay or satisfy; as, he answered my order; to answer a debt.

4. To act in return, or opposition; as, the enemy answered our fire by a shower of grape shot.

5. To bear a due proportion to; to be equal or adequate; to suit; as, a weapon does not answer the size and strength of the man using it; the success does not answer our expectation.

6. To perform what was intended; to accomplish; as, the measure does not answer its end; it does not answer the purpose.

7. To be opposite to; to face; as, fire answers fire.

8. To write in reply; to reply to another writing, by way of explanation, refutation or justification; as, to answer a pamphlet.

9. To solve, as a proposition or problem in mathematics.

This word may be applied to a great variety of objects, expressing the idea of a return; as the notes, or sounds of birds, and other animals; an echo, &c.

'ANSWER, v.i.

1. To reply; to speak by way of return; as, there is none to answer. 1Kings 18.

2. To be accountable, liable or responsible; followed by to before the person, and for before the thing for which one is liable; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care; we can not answer to God for our offenses.

3. To vindicate, or give a justificatory account of; followed by for; as, a man cannot answer for his friend.

4. To correspond with; to suit with; followed by to.

In water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Prov. 27.

5. To act reciprocally, as the strings of an instrument to the hand.

6. To stand as opposite or correlative; as, allegiance in the subject answers to protection on the part of the prince or government.

7. To return, as sound reverberated; to echo.

The noise seems to fly away, and answer at a great distance.

8. To succeed; to effect the object intended; to have a good effect; as, gypsum answers as a manure on a dry soil.



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'ANSWER, v.t. ansur.

1. To speak in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration or argument of another person; as, "I have called and ye have not answered." "He answered the question or the argument." This may be in agreement and confirmation of what was said, or in opposition to it.

2. To be equivalent to; to be adequate to, or sufficient to accomplish the object. "Money answereth all things," noting, primarily, return.

3. To comply with, fulfill, pay or satisfy; as, he answered my order; to answer a debt.

4. To act in return, or opposition; as, the enemy answered our fire by a shower of grape shot.

5. To bear a due proportion to; to be equal or adequate; to suit; as, a weapon does not answer the size and strength of the man using it; the success does not answer our expectation.

6. To perform what was intended; to accomplish; as, the measure does not answer its end; it does not answer the purpose.

7. To be opposite to; to face; as, fire answers fire.

8. To write in reply; to reply to another writing, by way of explanation, refutation or justification; as, to answer a pamphlet.

9. To solve, as a proposition or problem in mathematics.

This word may be applied to a great variety of objects, expressing the idea of a return; as the notes, or sounds of birds, and other animals; an echo, &c.

'ANSWER, v.i.

1. To reply; to speak by way of return; as, there is none to answer. 1Kings 18.

2. To be accountable, liable or responsible; followed by to before the person, and for before the thing for which one is liable; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care; we can not answer to God for our offenses.

3. To vindicate, or give a justificatory account of; followed by for; as, a man cannot answer for his friend.

4. To correspond with; to suit with; followed by to.

In water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Prov. 27.

5. To act reciprocally, as the strings of an instrument to the hand.

6. To stand as opposite or correlative; as, allegiance in the subject answers to protection on the part of the prince or government.

7. To return, as sound reverberated; to echo.

The noise seems to fly away, and answer at a great distance.

8. To succeed; to effect the object intended; to have a good effect; as, gypsum answers as a manure on a dry soil.

AN'SWER, n.

  1. A reply; that which is said, in return to a call, a question, an argument, an allegation, or address. A soft answer turneth away wrath. – Prov. I called him, but he gave me no answer. – Cant. v.
  2. An account to be rendered to justice. He will call you to so hot an answer for it. – Shak.
  3. In law, a counter-statement of facts, in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alledged.
  4. A writing, pamphlet or book, in reply to another.
  5. A reverberated sound; an echo.
  6. A return; that which is sent in consequence of some petition; as, a blessing is sent in answer to prayer.
  7. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation.
  8. The reply of a legislative body or house to an address or message of the supreme magistrate.

AN'SWER, v.i.

  1. To reply; to speak by way of return; as, there is none to answer. – 1 Kings xviii.
  2. To be accountable, liable or responsible; followed by to before the person, and for before the thing for which one is liable; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care; we can not answer to God for our offenses.
  3. To vindicate, or give a justificatory account of; followed by for; as, a man can not answer for his friend.
  4. To correspond with; to suit with; followed by to. In water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. – Prov. xxvi.
  5. To act reciprocally, as the strings of an instrument to the hand. – Dryden.
  6. To stand as opposite or correlative; as, allegiance in the subject answers to protection on the part of the prince or government.
  7. To return, as sound reverberated; to echo. The noise seems to fly away, and answer at a great distance. – Encyc. Art. Echo.
  8. To succeed; to effect the object intended; to have a good effect; as, gypsum answers as a manure on a dry soil.

AN'SWER, v.t. [ansur; Sax. andswarian, of anti, against, and Sax. swaran or swerian or swerigan, Goth. swaran, to swear. The primitive sense of swear was merely to speak or affirm; and hence, originally, oath was used after it, to swear an oath; which is not a pleonasm, as Lye supposes, but the primitive form of expression retained. The sense of answer is an opposite, a returned word or speech. Hence we observe the Saxon has andwyrd, antiword, an answer; Goth. andawaurd; D. antwoord; Ger. antwort.]

  1. To speak in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration or argument of another person; as, “I have called, and ye have not answered.” “He answered the question or the argument.” This may be in agreement and confirmation of what was said, or in opposition to it.
  2. To be equivalent to; to be adequate to, or sufficient to accomplish the object. “Money answereth all things,” noting, primarily, return.
  3. To comply with, fulfill, pay or satisfy; as, he answered my order; to answer a debt.
  4. To act in return, or opposition; as, the enemy answered our fire by a shower of grape shot.
  5. To bear a due proportion to; to be equal or adequate; to suit; as, a weapon does not answer the size and strength of the man using it; the success does not answer our expectation.
  6. To perform what was intended; to accomplish; as, the measure does not answer its end; it does not answer the purpose.
  7. To be opposite to; to face; as, fire answers fire. – Shak.
  8. To write in reply; to reply to another writing by way of explanation, refutation or justification; as, to answer a pamphlet.
  9. To solve, as a proposition or problem in mathematics. This word may be applied to a great variety of objects, expressing the idea of a return; as the notes, or sounds of birds, and other animals; an echo, &c.

An"swer
  1. To speak in defense against] to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.
  2. To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response.

    There was no voice, nor any that answered.
    1 Kings xviii. 26.

  3. A reply to a change; a defense.

    At my first answer no man stood with me.
    2 Tim. iv. 16.

  4. To speak or write in return to, as in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration, argument, or the like; to reply to (a question, remark, etc.); to respond to.

    She answers him as if she knew his mind.
    Shak.

    So spake the apostate angel, though in pain: . . .
    And him thus answered soon his bold compeer.
    Milton.

  5. To make a satisfactory response or return.

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  6. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.

    A soft answer turneth away wrath.
    Prov. xv. 1.

    I called him, but he gave me no answer.
    Cant. v. 6.

  7. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute.

    No man was able to answer him a word.
    Matt. xxii. 46.

    These shifts refuted, answer thine appellant.
    Milton.

    The reasoning was not and could not be answered.
    Macaulay.

  8. To be or act in return.

    Hence: (a)
  9. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action.

    Great the slaughter is
    Here made by the Roman; great the answer be
    Britons must take.
    Shak.

  10. To be or act in return or response to.

    Hence: (a)
  11. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem.
  12. A counter-statement of facts in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alleged; a responsive declaration by a witness in reply to a question. In Equity, it is the usual form of defense to the complainant's charges in his bill.

    Bouvier.

    Syn. -- Reply; rejoinder; response. See Reply.

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'ANSWER, verb transitive ansur.

1. To speak in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration or argument of another person; as, 'I have called and ye have not answered.' 'He answered the question or the argument.' This may be in agreement and confirmation of what was said, or in opposition to it.

2. To be equivalent to; to be adequate to, or sufficient to accomplish the object. 'Money answereth all things, ' noting, primarily, return.

3. To comply with, fulfill, pay or satisfy; as, he answered my order; to answer a debt.

4. To act in return, or opposition; as, the enemy answered our fire by a shower of grape shot.

5. To bear a due proportion to; to be equal or adequate; to suit; as, a weapon does not answer the size and strength of the man using it; the success does not answer our expectation.

6. To perform what was intended; to accomplish; as, the measure does not answer its end; it does not answer the purpose.

7. To be opposite to; to face; as, fire answers fire.

8. To write in reply; to reply to another writing, by way of explanation, refutation or justification; as, to answer a pamphlet.

9. To solve, as a proposition or problem in mathematics.

This word may be applied to a great variety of objects, expressing the idea of a return; as the notes, or sounds of birds, and other animals; an echo, etc.

'ANSWER, verb intransitive

1. To reply; to speak by way of return; as, there is none to answer 1 Kings 18:29.

2. To be accountable, liable or responsible; followed by to before the person, and for before the thing for which one is liable; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care; we can not answer to God for our offenses.

3. To vindicate, or give a justificatory account of; followed by for; as, a man cannot answer for his friend.

4. To correspond with; to suit with; followed by to.

In water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Proverbs 27:11.

5. To act reciprocally, as the strings of an instrument to the hand.

6. To stand as opposite or correlative; as, allegiance in the subject answers to protection on the part of the prince or government.

7. To return, as sound reverberated; to echo.

The noise seems to fly away, and answer at a great distance.

8. To succeed; to effect the object intended; to have a good effect; as, gypsum answers as a manure on a dry soil.

ANSWER, noun

1. A reply; that which is said, in return to a call, a question, an argument or an allegation.

A soft answer turneth away wrath. Prov.

I called him, but he gave me no answer Song of Solomon 5:6.

2. An account to be rendered to justice.

He will call you to so hot an answer for it.

3. In law, a counter-statement of facts, in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alleged.

4. A writing, pamphlet or book, in reply to another.

5. A reverberated sound; an echo.

6. A return; that which is sent in consequence of some petition, as a blessing is sent in answer to prayer.

7. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation.

8. The reply of a legislative body or house to an address or message of the supreme magistrate.

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