understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"
react to a stimulus or command; "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch"
respond to a signal; "answer the door"; "answer the telephone"
give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
react verbally; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; "This may answer her needs"
match or correspond; "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave"
be liable or accountable; "She must answer for her actions"
a nonverbal reaction; "his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; "their answer was to sue me"
the principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; "I waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics"
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