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noun answer pronunciation in American English /ˈænsər/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a spoken reply to a question

    It was a tough question, but Ginny had her answer ready.

    answer to:

    The answer to your question is yes.

    give someone an answer:

    I’ll give you a definite answer tomorrow.

    in answer to:

    In answer to your inquiry, no he is not married.

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  2. 2
    [singular] a situation in which someone comes to the door when you go to their house or picks up the phone when you call them

    I tried calling her again, but there was still no answer.

    get no answer:

    Ring the doorbell and if you get no answer, knock on the window.

  3. 3
    [countable] a spoken or written reply to a question in a test or competition

    Write your answers in the space provided.

    I’m sorry, but “Paris” is the wrong answer.

    get the answer right/wrong:

    You got all the answers right.

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    1. a.
      the correct reply to a question in a test or competition

      All answers are printed in the back of the book.

      answer to:

      Do you know the answer to question 10?

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  4. 4
    [countable] a way of solving or dealing with a problem

    If you can’t afford a decorator, the obvious answer is to fix it yourself.

    answer to:

    There are no easy answers to this crisis.



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