an|swer1 W1S1 [ˈa:nsə US ˈænsər] n
2¦(test/competition etc)¦
3¦(invitation/letter etc)¦
5¦(on the phone)¦
6¦(at the door)¦
7 have/know all the answers
8 somebody's answer to something
[: Old English; Origin: andswaru]
1.) ¦(REPLY)¦ [U and C]
something you say when you reply to a question that someone has asked you
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 !
something that you write or say in reply to a question in a test or competition
answer to
What was the answer to question 4?
the right/wrong/correct/incorrect answer
Score two points for each correct answer.
a written reply to a letter, invitation, advertisement etc
answer to
Did you ever get an answer to your letter?
4.) ¦(PROBLEM)¦
a way of dealing with a problem
simple/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 sb's problems/worries etc
If he could get a job it'd be the answer to all his worries.
5.) ¦(ON THE PHONE)¦ [singular, U usually in negative]
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, U 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 answers informal
to be very sure that you know everything about a situation, especially when you do not
He acts like he has all the answers.
8.) sb's answer to sth
written someone or something that is considered to be just as good as a more famous person or thing
The Space Needle is Seattle's answer to the Eiffel Tower.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
give (somebody) an answer
get/receive an answer
wait for an answer
an honest/straight answer
a definite answer (=when you say definitely yes or no)
the short/simple answer is ... spoken
in answer to somebody's question
the answer is yes/no spoken
answer 2
answer2 W2S1 v
3 answer the phone/a call/the door
5 answer criticism/charges/accusations etc
6¦(react to something)¦
7¦(deal with a problem)¦
8 answer a need
9 answer a description
Phrasal verbs
 answer back
 answer for somebody/something
 answer to somebody/something
1.) ¦(REPLY)¦ [I and T]
to say something to someone as a reply when they have asked you a question, made a suggestion etc
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.'
answer (that)
When questioned, Hughes answered that he knew nothing about the robbery.
How much was it? Come on, answer me.
2.) ¦(TEST)¦ [I and T]
to write or say the answer to a question in a test or competition
Answer as many questions as possible in the time provided.
3.) answer the phone/a call/the door
to pick up the telephone and speak when it rings or open the door when someone knocks or rings the bell
4.) ¦(LETTER)¦ [T]
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.
5.) answer criticism/charges/accusations etc
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?
6.) ¦(REACT TO SOMETHING)¦ [I and T]
to do something as a reaction to criticism or an attack
= ↑respond
The army answered by firing into the crowd.
to be a way of dealing with or solving a problem
'You can borrow my car if you like.' 'Well, that answers one problem.'
8.) answer a need
to provide something that is needed
Our transportation system is designed to answer the needs of the city's commuters.
9.) answer a description
if someone answers a description, they match that description
A man answering the police's description was seen entering the building.
answer back phr v
to reply in a rude way to someone that you are supposed to obey
answer sb back
Don't answer me back young man!
answer for / [answer for sb/sth] phr v
1.) 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.
2.) have a lot to answer for informal
to be responsible for causing a lot of trouble
3.) can't answer for sb
spoken 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 / [answer to sb/sth] phr v
1.) to give an explanation to someone, especially about something that you have done wrong
Phipps answers to me and me alone.
2.) answer to the name of sth
to be called a particular name - used humorously
a well-dressed young woman answering to the name of Suzanne

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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