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"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 ​questionasked 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)







"answer" in British English

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answernoun [C]

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

A1 a ​reaction to a ​question, ​letter, ​phonecall, etc.: The ​ministerpromised to give a written answer to the MP's ​detailedquestion. 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 ​wrongones in last week's ​exam. In answer toyourletter of 30 May, I am writing to ​acceptyouroffer of £3,575 in ​compensation.

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  • answer noun [C] (SOLUTION)

B1 a ​solution to a ​problem: It's a ​difficultsituation 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 ​detailedinformation. You haven't answered my question. I ​textedasking 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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