US: /ˈænsɝ/
UK: /ˈɑːnsɐ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

answer /'ɑ:nsə/
  • danh từ
    • sự trả lời; câu trả lời; thư trả lời; lời đối đáp
      • to give an answer to somebody about something: trả lời ai về việc gì
      • in answer to someone's letter: để trả lời thư của ai
      • to know all the answers: đối đáp nhanh, lúc nào cũng sẵn câu đối đáp
    • điều đáp lại, việc làm đáp lại
    • lời biện bác, lời biện bạch
    • (thể dục,thể thao) miếng đánh trả (đấu kiếm)
    • (toán học) phép giải; lời giải
    • động từ
      • trả lời, đáp lại; thưa
        • to answer [to] someone: trả lời ai
        • to answer [to] someone's question: trả lời câu hỏi của ai
        • to answer to the name of X: thưa khi gọi tên là X
        • to answer the door: ra mở cửa
      • biện bác
        • to answer a charge: biện bác chống lại một sự tố cáo
      • chịu trách nhiệm; đảm bảo, bảo lãnh
        • to answer for one's action: chịu trách nhiệm về những hành động của mình
        • to answer for someone: bảo đảm cho ai
      • xứng với, đúng với, đáp ứng
        • to answer [to] one's hopes: đúng với (đáp ứng) nguyện vọng của mình
        • to answer [to] one's expectation: xứng với điều mong muốn của mình
      • thành công có kết quả
        • his plan won't answer: kế hoạch của nó sẽ không thành
      • to answer back
        • (thông tục) cãi lại

    Advanced English dictionary

    noun, verb
    + noun
    ~ (to sth)
    1 something that you say, write or do to react to a question or situation: I can't easily give an answer to your question. + Have you had an answer to your letter? + As if in answer to our prayers, she offered to lend us £10 000. + I rang the bell, but there was no answer. + She had no answer to the accusations. + a question and answer session
    2 something that you write or say in reply to a question in a test, an exam, an exercise, etc.; the correct reply to a question in a test, etc: Write your answers on the sheet provided. + Do you know the answer to question 12? (= the right one) + The answers are at the back of the book. + The sender of the first correct answer to be drawn will receive £100.
    3 a solution to a problem: There is no easy answer. + This could be the answer to all our problems. + The obvious answer would be to cancel the party.
    4 a person or thing from one place that may be thought to be as good as a famous person or thing from another place: The new theme park will be Britain's answer to Disneyland.
    Idioms: have / know all the answers (informal, often disapproving) to be confident that you know sth, especially when you actually do not: He thinks he knows all the answers.
    more at NO exclam.
    + verb
    1 to say, write or do sth as a reaction to a question or situation
    Synonym: REPLY
    [V] I repeated the question, but she didn't answer. + He answered as truthfully as he could. + [VN] You haven't answered my question. + to answer a letter / an advertisement + to answer the phone (= to pick up the phone when it rings) + to answer the door (= to open the door when sb knocks / rings) + My prayers have been answered (= I have got what I wanted). + He refused to answer the charges against him. + Come on, answer me! Where were you? + He answered me with a smile. + We are grateful to all those people who answered our call for help with fund-raising. + [V speech] 'I'd prefer to walk,' she answered. + [VN speech] 'I'd prefer to walk,' she answered him. + [V that] She answered that she would prefer to walk. + [VNN] Answer me this: how did they know we were here? [also VN that]
    2 [VN] (formal) to be suitable for sth; to match sth: Does this answer your requirements?
    Idioms: answer to the name of sth (especially of a pet animal) to be called sth: The dog was an ugly brute, answering to the name of Spike.
    more at DESCRIPTION
    Phrasal Verbs: answer back to defend yourself against criticism: He was given the chance to answer back in a radio interview.
    answer back
    answer sb back to speak rudely to sb in authority, especially when they are criticizing you or telling you to do sth: Don't answer back! + Stop answering your mother back!
    answer for sth
    1 to accept responsibility or blame for sth: You will have to answer for your behaviour one day. + This government has a lot to answer for (= is responsible for a lot of bad things).
    2 to promise that sb has a particular quality or can be relied on to do sth: I can answer for her honesty. + Anne says she can answer for his ability to do the job well.
    answer for sb (usually in negative sentences) to say that sb else will do sth or have a particular opinion: I agree, but I can't answer for my colleagues.
    answer to sb (for sth) to have to explain your actions or decisions to sb: All sales clerks answer to the store manager.

    answer / reply
    Answer and reply are the most common verbs used for speaking or writing as a reaction to a question, letter, etc.
    Note that you answer a person, question or letter, not answer to them, but you reply to somebody or something: I'm writing to answer your questions. + I'm writing to reply to your questions. + I'm writing to answer to your questions.
    Although answer can be used with an object, it often sounds more natural without one: I knocked on the door but nobody answered. Reply is often used with the actual words spoken:
    'I won't let you down,' he replied.

    Respond is less common and more formal: The directors were unwilling to respond to questions.
    You can only answer a door or a phone.
    See also - REJOIN, RETORT
    Note the phrases in answer to and in reply to: I'm writing in answer to your letter.

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 reply, response; rejoinder, retort, riposte, Colloq comeback:
    The boy's answer is unprintable.
    2 Law defence, counter-statement, plea, explanation; Technical declaration, plea, replication, rejoinder, surrejoinder, rebutter or rebuttal, surrebutter or surrebuttal:
    Her answer to the charge was 'Not Guilty'.
    3 solution, explanation:
    Ten points were taken off because I had the wrong answer to question three.
    4 reply, respond; retort, rejoin, riposte:
    When I ask you a question, I expect you to answer.
    5 satisfy, fulfil, suffice for, meet, suit, serve, fit, fill, conform to, correlate with:
    The bequest answered my needs for the moment.
    6 answer back. talk back (to):
    How dare you answer your father back!
    7 answer for.
    (a) be accountable or responsible or answerable for, be to blame for; take or undertake responsibility for; sponsor, support, guarantee:
    I answer alone to Allah for my motives. So shall my righteousness answer for me.
    (b) make amends for, atone for, suffer the consequences of:
    Caesar was ambitious and he answered for it with his life.
    (c) take or accept the blame for:
    Andy shouldn't have to answer for his brother's shortcomings.

    Collocation dictionary

    1 sth that you say/write/do as a reply


    brief, quick, short
    The short answer to your query is that he has acted completely illegally.
    | blunt, direct, straight
    I expect a straight answer to a straight question.
    | detailed, full, precise | immediate | final | affirmative, positive | negative | honest, reasonable, sensible | dusty
    (= unsatisfactory)I complained to the water company and received a very dusty answer.


    get, have, receive
    Did you ever get an answer to your letter?
    | demand | wait for | give sb, offer
    Please give her your answer, so she can make the necessary arrangements. She repeated her question, but he offered no answer.
    | guess, know
    I think you can guess the answer?they won't lend us the money.


    The answer came in a postcard she sent from Devon.


    in ~ to
    In answer to your enquiries, I can only say that we did not find her work of a satisfactory standard.
    | ~ to
    her answer to his question

    2 solution to a problem


    easy, instant, ready, simple | clear, clear-cut, obvious
    The obvious answer would be to cancel the party.
    | logical, reasonable, sensible | adequate, real, satisfactory | complete, convincing, definitive, effective, good, long-term, perfect | partial


    have, know
    We are aware of this problem, but we do not have the answer.
    | look for, seek | arrive at, come up with, find
    We have arrived at an answer which we hope will satisfy everyone.
    | give sb, offer, provide
    If you want to save time, this machine will provide the answer.


    ~ to
    There is no easy answer to the problem.


    have/know all the answers
    He's so arrogant, he thinks he knows all the answers.

    3 to questions in a test


    acceptable, appropriate, correct, right | incorrect, wrong | written
    This part of the exam requires a written answer.


    give | guess
    It's not worth guessing the answer, as you may lose marks.
    | know | print, write
    Please print the answers to questions 1 to 9.


    ~ to
    Do you know the answer to the question?


    affirmatively, in the affirmative
    She answered in the affirmative.
    | in the negative, negatively | honestly, truthfully
    He tried to answer as honestly as he could.
    | correctly | fully
    What he told me does not fully answer the question of what his motives were.
    | satisfactorily | evasively | coldly, curtly | calmly | quietly, softly

    Concise English dictionary

    +a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
    +a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
    +the speech act of replying to a question
    +the principle 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 nonverbal reaction
    +reply or respond to
    +give the correct answer or solution to
    +respond to a signal
    +understand the meaning of
    +give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
    +be liable or accountable
    +be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    +match or correspond
    +be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
    +react to a stimulus or command