answer n

OE andswaru, solemn affirmation to rebut a charge < and-, against + swerian, to swear.

  1. Reaction; action in response to an action.
  2. Reply; response to a question.
  3. Communication; [fig.] glance; meaningful look.

answer [-ed, -ing] v

see answer, n.

  1. Suffice for; be appropriate for; be suitable for.
  2. Explain; defend.
  3. Respond to an action.
  4. Respond to; reply to a question.