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answer

verb
 
 
/ˈɑːnsər/
WORDS [I, T] A1 to speak or write back to someone who has asked you a question or spoken to you: I asked when she was leaving but she didn't answer. You still haven't answered my question. I must answer his letter.Answering and responding
DOOR [I, T] to open the door when someone has knocked on it or rung a bell: I knocked several times but no one answered.Reacting and responding
TELEPHONE [I, T] A2 to pick up the telephone receiver (= part that you hold to your ear) when it rings: Could someone answer the phone?Answering and responding
TEST [T] B1 to write or say something as a reply to a question in a test or competitionAnswering and responding
(Definition of answer verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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