American English

Definition of answer noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1something that you say, write, or do to react to a question or situation I rang the bell, but there was no answer. a question and answer session answer to something I can't really give an answer to your question. Have you gotten an answer to your letter? As if in answer to our prayers, she offered to lend us $10,000. She had no answer to the accusations.
  2. 2something that you write or say in reply to a question in a test, an exam, an exercise, etc.; the correct reply to a question in a test, etc. Write your answers on the sheet provided. Do you know the answer to question 12 (= the right one)? The answers are at the back of the book. The sender of the first correct answer to be drawn will receive $100.
  3. 3a solution to a problem There is no easy answer. This could be the answer to all our problems. The obvious answer would be to cancel the party.
  4. 4a person or thing from one place that may be thought to be as good as a famous person or thing from another place The hotel complex is Las Vegas's answer to Venice.
  5. Idioms
    have/know all the answers (informal) (often disapproving)
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    to be confident that you know something, especially when you actually do not He thinks he knows all the answers.
    not take no for an answer
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    to refuse to accept that someone does not want something, will not do something, etc. You're coming and I won't take no for an answer!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: answer