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verb answer pronunciation in British English /ˈɑːnsə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleanswering
past tenseanswered
past participleanswered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to give a spoken reply to a question
    I’m still waiting for you to answer.
    I want you to answer one simple question.
    ‘I don’t know,’ she answered truthfully.
    What’s the matter? Answer me!
    answer that: I could only answer that I’d seen them leaving together.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to send a written reply to something such as a letter or an advertisement
      She answered an advertisement asking for models.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to come to the door when someone calls at your house, or pick up the phone when it rings
      I knocked and a young man answered the door.
      The phone rang and rang but she couldn’t bring herself to answer it.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to give the correct reply to a question in a test or competition
    Answer one question from each section.
    answer correctly/incorrectly: Not everyone answered correctly.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to explain your actions to someone who has accused you of something
    answer charges/criticisms: How would you answer charges that your company puts profit before safety?
    The Prime Minister made no attempt to answer their criticisms.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to provide what is needed, wanted, or asked for, especially in order to deal with a bad situation
    Their request for help was answered by the Red Cross.
    answer a need: The estate was built to answer a need for low-cost housing.
    answer someone’s prayers: When they saw the plane, they knew their prayers had been answered.
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to do something as a reaction to what someone else has done
    answer (something) with something: He answered her look with a smile.
    be answered by something: The attack was answered by an immediate military crackdown.


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