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answernoun [C]

uk   /ˈɑːn.sər/ us   /ˈæn.sɚ/
  • answer noun [C] (REACTION)

A1 a reaction to a question, letter, phone call, etc.: The minister promised to give a written answer to the MP's detailed question. We've emailed him asking him if he's free on that date but we haven't had an answer yet. I've just called him but there was no answer. I didn't realize we had to write each answer on a new sheet of paper. I got eight correct answers and two wrong ones in last week's exam. In answer to your letter of 30 May, I am writing to accept your offer of £3,575 in compensation.

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  • answer noun [C] (SOLUTION)

B1 a solution to a problem: It's a difficult situation and I don't know what the answer is. There's no easy answer to the problem.

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answerverb

uk   /ˈɑːn.sər/ us   /ˈæn.sɚ/
  • answer verb (REACT)

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?
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.

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(Definition of answer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"answer" in American English

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answernoun [C]

us   /ˈæn·sər/
  • answer noun [C] (REACTION)

something said or written in reaction to a question or statement: If you are asking me if I want to go into business with you, the answer is no. I called several times, but there was no answer.
An answer is also a reaction to a question asked as part of a test: I think I got most of the answers right on the exam.
  • answer noun [C] (SOLUTION)

a solution to a problem: There is no easy answer to the problem.
(Definition of answer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“answer” in American English

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