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'ANSWER, ansur.

1. To speak in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration or argument of another person as, "I have called and ye have not answered." "He answered the question or the argument." This may be in agreement and confirmation of what was said, or in opposition to it.
2. To be equivalent to to be adequate to, or sufficient to accomplish the object. "Money answereth all things," noting, primarily, return.
3. To comply with, fulfill, pay or satisfy as, he answered my order to answer a debt.
4. To act in return, or opposition as, the enemy answered our fire by a shower of grape shot.
5. To bear a due proportion to to be equal or adequate to suit as, a weapon does not answer the size and strength of the man using it the success does not answer our expectation.
6. To perform what was intended to accomplish as, the measure does not answer its end it does not answer the purpose.
7. To be opposite to to face as, fire answers fire.
8. To write in reply to reply to another writing, by way of explanation, refutation or justification as, to answer a pamphlet.
9. To solve, as a proposition or problem in mathematics.

This word may be applied to a great variety of objects, expressing the idea of a return as the notes, or sounds of birds, and other animals an echo, &c.


1. To reply to speak by way of return as, there is none to answer. 1 Kings 18 .
2. To be accountable, liable or responsible followed by to before the person, and for before the thing for which one is liable as, the man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care we can not answer to God for our offenses.
3. To vindicate, or give a justificatory account of followed by for as, a man cannot answer for his friend.
4. To correspond with to suit with followed by to.

In water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Proverbs 27 .

5. To act reciprocally, as the strings of an instrument to the hand.
6. To stand as opposite or correlative as, allegiance in the subject answers to protection on the part of the prince or government.
7. To return, as sound reverberated to echo.

The noise seems to fly away, and answer at a great distance.

8. To succeed to effect the object intended to have a good effect as, gypsum answers as a manure on a dry soil.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Answer'. King James Dictionary.

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