Definition of “answer” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /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.

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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.

A2 to pick up the telephone receiver (= part that you hold to your ear) when it rings:

Could someone answer the phone?
I leapt up to answer the phone.
TEST [ T ]

B1 to write or say something as a reply to a question in a test or competition

(Definition of “answer verb” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)