Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb answer

10 senses of answer

Sense 1
answer, reply, respond -- (react verbally; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation")
       => state, say, tell -- (express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name")

Sense 2
answer -- (respond to a signal; "answer the door"; "answer the telephone")
       => react, respond -- (show a response or a reaction to something)

Sense 3
answer -- (give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle")
       => solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work -- (find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem")

Sense 4
answer, resolve -- (understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered")
       => solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work -- (find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem")

Sense 5
answer -- (give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution")
       => refute, rebut -- (overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments")

Sense 6
answer -- (be liable or accountable; "She must answer for her actions")
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 7
suffice, do, answer, serve -- (be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve")
       => satisfy, fulfill, fulfil, live up to -- (meet the requirements or expectations of)

Sense 8
answer -- (match or correspond; "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave")
       => match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree -- (be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun")

Sense 9
answer -- (be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; "This may answer her needs")
       => meet, satisfy, fill, fulfill, fulfil -- (fill or meet a want or need)

Sense 10
answer -- (react to a stimulus or command; "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch")
       => react, respond -- (show a response or a reaction to something)

Antonyms of adj answering

1 sense of answering

Sense 1
answering, respondent -- (replying; "an answering glance"; "an answering smile")

INDIRECT (VIA responsive) -> unresponsive -- (not responding to some influence or stimulus)

Similarity of adj answering

1 sense of answering

Sense 1
answering, respondent -- (replying; "an answering glance"; "an answering smile")
       => responsive (vs. unresponsive) -- (readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion; "children are often the quickest and most responsive members of the audience")

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