1 something said, written, or done as a reaction to a question, statement, or situation.
2 the solution to a problem.
3 (answer to) a person or thing regarded as the equivalent to a better-known one from another place: she's Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe.
1respond with an answer.
(answer back) respond impudently.
2defend oneself against (a charge or accusation).
(answer for) be responsible or to blame for.
3 (answer to) be responsible or report to. 4 be suitable for fulfilling (a need); satisfy.