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answering Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb react verbally
    answer; reply; respond.
    • She didn't want to answer
    • answer the question
    • We answered that we would accept the invitation
  2. verb respond to a signal
    • answer the door
    • answer the telephone
  3. verb give the correct answer or solution to
    • answer a question
    • answer the riddle
  4. verb understand the meaning of
    answer; resolve.
    • The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered
  5. verb give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
    • The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution
  6. verb be liable or accountable
    • She must answer for her actions
  7. verb be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    answer; do; suffice; serve.
    • 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
  8. verb match or correspond
    • The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave
  9. verb be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
    • This may answer her needs
  10. verb react to a stimulus or command
    • The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch
  11. adjective satellite replying
    • an answering glance
    • an answering smile

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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