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I appeal to all Britishers to answer this call to arms for the defence of all the principles that we Englishmen have been the first to proclaim in the world.
John Amery

Meaning of "answer" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ANSWER

Old English andswaru an answer; related to Old Frisian ondser, Old Norse andsvar.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ANSWER

answer  [ˈɑːnsə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ANSWER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Answer is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb answer in English.

WHAT DOES ANSWER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Answer

Generally, an answer is a reply to a question or is a solution, a retaliation, or a response that is relevant to the said question. In law, an answer was originally a solemn assertion in opposition to someone or something, and thus generally any counter-statement or defense, a reply to a question or response, or objection, or a correct solution of a problem. In the common law, an answer is the first pleading by a defendant, usually filed and served upon the plaintiff within a certain strict time limit after a civil complaint or criminal information or indictment has been served upon the defendant. It may have been preceded by an optional "pre-answer" motion to dismiss or demurrer; if such a motion is unsuccessful, the defendant must file an answer to the complaint or risk an adverse default judgment. In a criminal case, there is usually an arraignment or some other kind of appearance before the defendant comes to court. The pleading in the criminal case, which is entered on the record in open court, is usually either guilty or not guilty. Generally speaking in private, civil cases there is no plea entered of guilt or innocence.

Definition of answer in the English dictionary

The first definition of answer in the dictionary is a reply, either spoken or written, as to a question, request, letter, or article. Other definition of answer is a reaction or response in the form of an action. Answer is also a solution, esp of a mathematical problem.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO ANSWER

PRESENT

Present
I answer
you answer
he/she/it answers
we answer
you answer
they answer
Present continuous
I am answering
you are answering
he/she/it is answering
we are answering
you are answering
they are answering
Present perfect
I have answered
you have answered
he/she/it has answered
we have answered
you have answered
they have answered
Present perfect continuous
I have been answering
you have been answering
he/she/it has been answering
we have been answering
you have been answering
they have been answering
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I answered
you answered
he/she/it answered
we answered
you answered
they answered
Past continuous
I was answering
you were answering
he/she/it was answering
we were answering
you were answering
they were answering
Past perfect
I had answered
you had answered
he/she/it had answered
we had answered
you had answered
they had answered
Past perfect continuous
I had been answering
you had been answering
he/she/it had been answering
we had been answering
you had been answering
they had been answering
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will answer
you will answer
he/she/it will answer
we will answer
you will answer
they will answer
Future continuous
I will be answering
you will be answering
he/she/it will be answering
we will be answering
you will be answering
they will be answering
Future perfect
I will have answered
you will have answered
he/she/it will have answered
we will have answered
you will have answered
they will have answered
Future perfect continuous
I will have been answering
you will have been answering
he/she/it will have been answering
we will have been answering
you will have been answering
they will have been answering
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would answer
you would answer
he/she/it would answer
we would answer
you would answer
they would answer
Conditional continuous
I would be answering
you would be answering
he/she/it would be answering
we would be answering
you would be answering
they would be answering
Conditional perfect
I would have answer
you would have answer
he/she/it would have answer
we would have answer
you would have answer
they would have answer
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been answering
you would have been answering
he/she/it would have been answering
we would have been answering
you would have been answering
they would have been answering
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you answer
we let´s answer
you answer
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to answer
Past participle
answered
Present Participle
answering
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ANSWER


advancer
ədˈvɑːnsə
chancer
ˈtʃɑːnsə
dancer
ˈdɑːnsə
enhancer
ɪnˈhɑːnsə
freelancer
ˈfriːlɑːnsə
glancer
ˈɡlɑːnsə
lancer
ˈlɑːnsə
nonanswer
ˌnɒnˈɑːnsə
nondancer
ˌnɒnˈdɑːnsə
prancer
ˈprɑːnsə
re-answer
riːˈɑːnsə
square-dancer
ˈskwɛəˌdɑːnsə
stepdancer
ˈstepˌdɑːnsə
tap-dancer
tæp ˈdɑːnsə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ANSWER

anserine
Ansermet
anserous
Anshan
ANSI
answer back
answer for
answer machine
answer-back code
answerability
answerable
answerableness
answerably
answerer
answering machine
answering service
answerless
answerphone
answerphone message

WORDS THAT END LIKE ANSWER

a dusty answer
blower
brewer
drawer
empower
flower
follower
horsepower
lower
manpower
mower
not take no for an answer
power
reviewer
sewer
shower
sunflower
tower
traffic control tower
viewer

Synonyms and antonyms of answer in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ANSWER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «answer» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of answer

Translation of «answer» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ANSWER

Find out the translation of answer to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of answer from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «answer» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

答案
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

respuesta
570 millions of speakers

English

answer
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जवाब
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

إجَابَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ответ
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

resposta
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উত্তর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

réponse
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jawapannya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Antwort
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

答え
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

대답
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Jawaban
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

câu trả lời
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பதில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उत्तर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Cevap
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

risposta
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

odpowiedź
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

відповідь
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

răspuns
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

απάντηση
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

antwoord
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svar
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

svar
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of answer

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ANSWER»

The term «answer» is very widely used and occupies the 1.867 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ANSWER» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about answer

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10 QUOTES WITH «ANSWER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word answer.
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F. Murray Abraham
Suddenly I was the man who got the part that every actor in the English language was trying to get. I was really scared. I had talked the talk, and now I had to walk the walk. For three days, I couldn't answer the phone.
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Clay Aiken
I don't really feel like I have anybody to answer to but myself and God and the people I love.
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John Amery
I appeal to all Britishers to answer this call to arms for the defence of all the principles that we Englishmen have been the first to proclaim in the world.
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John Anderson
Well if you were asking my personal opinion on that I think the answer can only be yes but it was missed. Much as I know I'm responsible for a lot of things, I can't wear any responsibility for that.
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Chris Bohjalian
I answer two or three letters a day. I'm just not the he-has-a-secretary kind of guy.
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Sherrod Brown
It is past time for Republican leadership to answer for record deficits and reckless spending, both in Iraq and in the U.S. It's time for a plan to bring our troops home.
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Leos Carax
We all get a little tired of being ourselves sometimes. The answer is to reinvent yourself, but how do you do that and what is the cost?
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Emanuel Celler
My wife - to-be and I went to see my father. Only he could answer the two questions before us: Shall we get married now? Shall I begin the practice of law, or continue being the successful wine salesman I had become, working my way through law school?
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P. Chidambaram
Two successive commissioners in London police were fired by the mayor that came into office. That doesn't mean the police in London is not independent and does not exercise powers. Ultimately it is the political executive that has to answer.
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Roger Clemens
I am disappointed that my 25 years in public life have apparently not earned me the benefit of the doubt, but I understand that Senator Mitchell's report has raised many serious questions. I plan to publicly answer all of those questions at the appropriate time in the appropriate way. I only ask that in the meantime people not rush to judgment.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ANSWER»

Discover the use of answer in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to answer and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Project Management Answer Book
from project management instructor and presentation skills coach jeff furman, this book is a complete resource full of useful advice and information for anyone involved in project management. written in an easily accessible, readily ...
Jeff Furman, 2011
2
The Bible Answer Book
And he's done something about it--he's spelled out the answers. The Bible Answer Book is a simple guide covering 80 of the top questions that the Bible Answer Man has dealt with in his ministry.
Hank Hanegraaff, 2004
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The Heaven Answer Book
The noted evangelist provides Bible-based answers to commonly asked questions about the existence and characteristics of heaven, what happens when people die, what they will do in heaven, who will get there, and what difference it makes.
Billy Graham, 2012
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The Library's Legal Answer Book
Looks at legal issues surrounding libraries, covering such toipcs as designing a Web site, copyright, library empolyees, and providing access to people with disabilities.
Mary Minow, Tomas A. Lipinski, 2002
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The Asperger's Answer Book: The Top 300 Questions Parents Ask
The Asperger's Answer Book is a reassuring, authoritative reference for parents, families and educators, providing sound advice and immediate answers and information.
Susan Ashley (PhD.), 2007
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The Breastfeeding Answer Book
From descriptions of how the breast works to nursing multiple babies and weaning to various drug interactions, this is a complete resource guide to breastfeeding and has proven necessary for those who want to help mothers breastfeed.
Nancy Mohrbacher, Julie Stock, 2003
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The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the ...
The book takes us from the Greeks' earliest scientific observations through Einstein and beyond in an inspiring celebration of human curiosity.
Leon Lederman, Dick Teresi, 2006
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The Project Management Question and Answer Book
What is it? Is it right for my organization? Will it save me money and time? Everything you need to know about project management.
Michael W. Newell, Marina N. Grashina, 2004
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The ADD and ADHD Answer Book: Professional Answers to 275 of ...
The book also includes questionnaires and checklists to help you get the most out of your child's evaluation.
Susan Ashley, Susan Ashley Ph.D, 2005
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The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and ...
Your field, your job, and your company are constantly evolving. Make sure you keep pace. It's easy with "The HR Answer Book"! Shawn Smith is an attorney, corporate executive, and frequent speaker on management issues.
Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ANSWER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term answer is used in the context of the following news items.
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Love Supreme Festival 2015, Glynde Place, review: 'the jazz answer
It's been a good summer for Van Morrison, who has been knighted, honoured with the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Amazon Marks 20th Anniversary With “Prime Day,” Its Answer To …
The e-commerce giant announced that it will mark its 20th anniversary on July 15 with deals for subscribers of its Prime shopping program in ... «TechCrunch, Jul 15»
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The pegan diet: The final answer to our dietary concerns?
The latest food trend has arrived: the pegan diet, in other words, paleo plus vegan diet. By combining the best of popular paleo and vegan ... «Hindustan Times, Jul 15»
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More roads not the answer to Melbourne's congestion woes …
Nine of Melbourne's major thoroughfares are rapidly reaching capacity and the city cannot just "build its way out of congestion", VicRoads chief ... «ABC Online, Jul 15»
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Alexis Tsipras asked if people were happy. The answer was always …
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just done something unthinkable. He has won the Greek referendum. And make no mistake, it was him ... «Spectator.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Greek Economic Crisis: Is A 'Parallel' Currency The Answer?
Could then a parallel currency provide an answer and be an alternative for Greece? The latest bail-in development, which apparently calls for a ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
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'The answer is yes'
"To all you fantasy/dreamteam/supercoach fans who keep filling my feed the answer is Yes," Rockliff tweeted. The 25-year-old broke his ribs for ... «AFL.com.au, Jul 15»
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Nicky English: Kilkenny answer Galway questions quickly
It was a disappointing Leinster final for anyone who thought Galway were really going to put it up to Kilkenny and test them to the point where ... «Irish Times, Jul 15»
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Watch: Kevin McHale bowls us over with this answer on 'Celebrity …
Things can go south on Celebrity Family Feud pretty quickly. You know the regions that we're talking about – the ones that fall below the belt. «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
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Greece Referendum: 'No' is the answer, focus on ECB decision and …
FXStreet (Barcelona) - Analysts at UOB Group, note that the Greece referendum resulted in a 'No' vote, and ECB's decision on the ELA and ... «FXStreet, Jul 15»

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