- Answer An"swer, v. i.
1. To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a
charge), or in reply; to make response.
There was no voice, nor any that answered. --1 Kings xviii. 26. [1913 Webster]
2. To make a satisfactory response or return. Hence: To render account, or to be responsible; to be accountable; to make amends; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money intrusted to his care. [1913 Webster]
Let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
3. To be or act in return. Hence: (a) To be or act by way of compliance, fulfillment, reciprocation, or satisfaction; to serve the purpose; as, gypsum answers as a manure on some soils. [1913 Webster]
Do the strings answer to thy noble hand? --Dryden. [1913 Webster] (b) To be opposite, or to act in opposition. (c) To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer. (d) To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; -- usually with to. [1913 Webster]
If this but answer to my just belief, I 'll remember you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. --Prov. xxvii. 19. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.