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/ 5B:nsE(r); ?@ 5AnsEr; `AnsL/ n ~ (to sb/sth) 1 thing said, written or done as a response or reaction; reply ; ; : The answer he gave was quite surprising. . * Have you had an answer to your letter? ? * I rang the bell but there was no answer. , . 2 solution to a problem, difficulty, etc , , : This could be the answer to all our problems. . * Who knows the answer to this question? ? * The answer to 3 17 is 51. 3 1751. 3 (idm ) a dusty answer => dusty. have/know all the answers (often derog ) know a great deal about sth : He thinks he knows all the answers. . in answer (to sth) as a reply : The doctor came at once in answer to my phone call. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:40:56
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/ 5B:nsE(r); ?@ 5AnsEr; `AnsL/ v 1 [I, Tn, Tf, Dn.n] say, write or do sth in response to (sb/sth) ; : Think carefully before you answer. . * answer the question, the teacher, the invitation , , * answer the door, ie open the door after sb has knocked or rung the bell * answer the telephone, ie pick up the receiver and speak to the person who is calling ; * My prayers have been answered, ie I have got what I wanted. . * Nobody answered my call for help. . * (fml ) How do you answer the charge? ? * She answered that she preferred to eat alone. . * Can you answer me this? ? Cf reply. 2 [Tn] be suitable for (sth); satisfy , ; : answer sb's purpose/needs/requirements [/]. 3 (idm ) answer to the description (of sb/sth) correspond to or match the description (of sb/sth) : The photograph answers to the description of the wanted man. . answer to the name of sth (infml or joc ) (esp of a pet animal) have the name of sth; be called sth , : My dog answers to the name of Spot. . 4 (phr v) answer back defend oneself against sth written or said about one ; : It's wrong of the press to publish articles attacking the Queen when she can't answer back. , . answer (sb) back speak rudely or cheekily (to sb), esp when being criticized oneself ; ; ; : He's a rude little boy, always answering his mother back. , . answer for sb/sth (a) be responsible for or blamed for sth ; : He has a lot to answer for. . * You will have to answer for your crimes one day. . (b) speak on behalf of sb or in support of sth : I agree but I can't answer for my colleagues. , . * Knowing her well I can certainly answer for her honesty, ie can guarantee that she is honest. , . answer to sb (for sth) be responsible to sb ; : Who do you answer to in your new job? ? * You will answer to me for any damage to the car. , . answer to sth be controlled by sth : The plane answered smoothly to the controls. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:40:56
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/ 5B:nsE(r); ?@ 5AnsEr; `AnsL/ v 1 [I, Tn, Tf, Dn.n] say, write or do sth in response to (sb/sth) ; : Think carefully before you answer. . * answer the question, the teacher, the invitation , , * answer the door, ie open the door after sb has knocked or rung the bell * answer the telephone, ie pick up the receiver and speak to the person who is calling ; * My prayers have been answered, ie I have got what I wanted. . * Nobody answered my call for help. . * (fml ) How do you answer the charge? ? * She answered that she preferred to eat alone. . * Can you answer me this? ? Cf reply. 2 [Tn] be suitable for (sth); satisfy , ; : answer sb's purpose/needs/requirements [/]. 3 (idm ) answer to the description (of sb/sth) correspond to or match the description (of sb/sth) : The photograph answers to the description of the wanted man. . answer to the name of sth (infml or joc ) (esp of a pet animal) have the name of sth; be called sth , : My dog answers to the name of Spot. . 4 (phr v) answer back defend oneself against sth written or said about one ; : It's wrong of the press to publish articles attacking the Queen when she can't answer back. , . answer (sb) back speak rudely or cheekily (to sb), esp when being criticized oneself ; ; ; : He's a rude little boy, always answering his mother back. , . answer for sb/sth (a) be responsible for or blamed for sth ; : He has a lot to answer for. . * You will have to answer for your crimes one day. . (b) speak on behalf of sb or in support of sth : I agree but I can't answer for my colleagues. , . * Knowing her well I can certainly answer for her honesty, ie can guarantee that she is honest. , . answer to sb (for sth) be responsible to sb ; : Who do you answer to in your new job? ? * You will answer to me for any damage to the car. , . answer to sth be controlled by sth : The plane answered smoothly to the controls. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:40:56

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