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Adjective: answering  ãn-su-ring
  1. Replying
    "an answering glance";
    - respondent
Verb: answer  ãn-su(r)
  1. Say or write something in response
    "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"; "She didn't want to answer";
    - reply, respond
  2. Respond to a signal
    "answer the door"; "answer the telephone"
  3. Give the correct answer or solution to
    "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"
  4. Understand the meaning of
    "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered";
    - resolve
  5. Give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
    "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
  6. Be liable or accountable
    "She must answer for her actions"
  7. Be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    "A few words would answer";
    - suffice, do, serve
  8. Match or correspond
    "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
  9. Be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
    "This may answer her needs"
  10. React to a stimulus or command
    "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"

See also: forthcoming, responsive

Type of: agree, be, check, conform to, correspond, figure out, fill, fit, fulfil [Brit, Cdn], fulfill [N. Amer], gibe, jibe, lick [N. Amer, informal], live up to, marry, marry up, match, meet, puzzle out, react, rebut, refute, reply, respond, satisfy, say, solve, state, suss [Brit, informal], suss out [Brit, informal], tally, tell, unriddle, work, work out

Encyclopedia: Answering