answer


answer
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noun
1 sth that you say/write/do as a reply
ADJECTIVE
brief, one-word, quick, short

The short answer to your question is that he has acted completely illegally.

blunt, direct, straight, straightforward

I expect a straight answer to a straight question.

clear
detailed, full, precise
definite

I cannot give you a definite answer just yet.

immediate
final
affirmative, positive
negative
honest, truthful
serious
real, reasonable, satisfactory, sensible
unclear, vague
VERB + ANSWER
get, have, receive

Did you ever get an answer to your letter?

demand, want

I want some answers before I agree to anything.

need
await, wait for
expect

He was clearly expecting a different answer.

deserve

The question deserves a proper answer.

give sb, offer, provide, supply

Please give her your answer, so she can make the necessary arrangements.

We can provide answers to any questions you may have about the system.

formulate

I struggled to formulate an answer.

guess, know

I think you can guess the answer—they won't lend us the money.

dread, fear

‘Is it true?’ she asked, dreading the answer.

hear

He left without waiting to hear her answer.

ANSWER + VERB
come

She pounded on the door, but no answer came.

PREPOSITION
in answer to

In answer to your question, I can only say that we did not find her work of a satisfactory standard.

answer to

her answer to his question

2 solution to a problem
ADJECTIVE
easy, instant, pat, ready, simple, straightforward

There are no easy, pat answers.

clear, clear-cut, obvious

The obvious answer would be to cancel the party.

logical, plausible, reasonable, sensible
adequate, real, satisfactory
complete, convincing, definitive, effective, good, perfect
long-term
partial
VERB + ANSWER
have, know

We are aware of this problem, but we do not have the answer.

look for, seek
arrive at, come up with, discover, find

We have arrived at an answer which we hope will satisfy everyone.

give sb, offer, provide, suggest, yield

If you really want to save time, this machine will provide the answer.

ANSWER + VERB
come to sb

The answer came to him in a flash.

depend on sth, lie in sth

The answer lies in a combination of factors.

PREPOSITION
answer to

There is no easy answer to the problem.

PHRASES
have all the answers, know all the answers

He's so arrogant, he thinks he knows all the answers.

3 to questions in a test/competition
ADJECTIVE
acceptable, appropriate, correct, right
incorrect, wrong
written

This part of the exam requires a written answer.

long, short (both esp. AmE)

the short-answer section of the test

VERB + ANSWER
give, submit
guess

It's not worth guessing the answer, as you may lose points.

know
find

The students are allowed to use textbooks to find the right answer.

print, write

Please print the answers to questions 1 and 2.

PREPOSITION
answer to

Do you know the answer to the question?

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verb
ADVERB
affirmatively, in the affirmative

She answered in the affirmative.

in the negative, negatively
honestly, truthfully

He tried to answer as honestly as he could.

correctly
fully

What he told me does not fully answer the question of what his motives were.

satisfactorily
evasively, vaguely (esp. AmE)
confidently, firmly
immediately, promptly, quickly
finally
hesitantly (esp. AmE), nervously, slowly
coldly, coolly, curtly, shortly
bluntly, flatly
calmly, matter-of-factly
quietly, softly
simply

She answered simply, ‘No.’

drily, sarcastically
politely
casually, nonchalantly
cheerfully
sheepishly
Answer is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑voice
Answer is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ad, ↑advert, ↑advertisement, ↑allegation, ↑bell, ↑call, ↑challenge, ↑charge, ↑correspondence, ↑critic, ↑criticism, ↑door, ↑doorbell, ↑email, ↑enquiry, ↑knock, ↑letter, ↑mail, ↑objection, ↑phone, ↑prayer, ↑query, ↑question, ↑request, ↑summons, ↑telephone, ↑yes

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