Synonyms of 'answer'
1 replyDictionary, explain, respondHe paused before answering.
He replied that this was absolutely impossible.
‘Of course,’ she responded scornfully.
We must find a way to resolve these problems.
'Who do you think you're talking to?' she retorted.
'I dare say they do,' rejoined his wife wearily.
2 acknowledgeDictionary, respond to, react toDid he answer your letter?
They sent me a postcard acknowledging my request.
write back to
The problem was how to get enough food.
4 satisfyDictionary, meet, serveWe must ensure we answer real needs.
The procedures should satisfy certain basic requirements.
The current arrangements are inadequate to meet our needs.
This little book should serve.
They filled themselves with chocolate cake.
They will only release information if it suits them.
Their domestic reforms did nothing to solve unemployment.
All the necessary conditions were fulfilled.
A far shorter letter will suffice.
measure up to
5 fitDictionary, meet, matchtwo men answering the description of the suspects
1 replyDictionary, response, reactionWithout waiting for an answer, he turned and went in.
He showed no reaction when the judge pronounced his sentence.
I tried to think of a witty comeback.
His sharp retort made an impact.
He glanced at her, expecting a cheeky riposte.
He felt it was an inadequate rejoinder.
2 solutionDictionary, resolution, explanationSimply marking an answer wrong will not help the student.
3 remedyDictionary, solution, vindicationPrison is not the answer for most young offenders.
answer for something
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The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.
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Thesaurus for answer from the Collins English Thesaurus
When you answer someone who has asked you something, you say something back to them.