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answer

verb (REACT)    /ˈɑːn.sər/ US  /ˈæn.sɚ/
A1 [I or T] to say, write, or do something as a reaction to a question, letter, etc.: I can't answer (you) without more detailed information. You haven't answered my question. I texted asking whether he'd be coming to the party but he hasn't answered yet. [+ speech] "I'd love to have dinner with you, but I won't be able to get there before nine o'clock," she answered. [+ that] She answered that she wouldn't be able to come before nine o'clock.formal Does anyone here answer to the name of (= is anyone here called) Wallis?Answering and responding A2 [I or T] to open the door to someone or pick up the phone: Someone's at the door - would you answer it, please? I phoned last night but nobody answered.Answering and responding
(Definition of answer verb (REACT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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