n.Abbr. ans, a, A（名词）缩写 ans， a， A
1. A spoken or written reply, as to a question.
2. A correct reply.
3. A solution, as to a problem.
4. A correct solution.
5. An act in retaliation or response:
Our only possible answer was to sue.
6. Something markedly similar to another of the same class:
cable TV's answer to the commercial networks' sportscasts.
7. Law A defendant's defense against charges.
8. To speak, write, or act as a return, as to a question.
9. To be liable or accountable:
You must answer for your actions.
10. To serve the purpose; suffice:
“Often I do use three words where one would answer”(Mark Twain)
11. To correspond; match:
I found a dog answering to that description.
12. To speak, write, or act as a return to; respond to.
13. To respond correctly to.
14. To fulfill the demands or needs of; serve:
“My fortune has answered my desires”(Isaak Walton)
15. To conform or correspond to:
The suspect answers the description given by the police.
16. Middle English answere
17. from Old English andswaru * see swer-
源自 古英语 andswaru *参见 swer-
18. These verbs relate to action taken in return to a stimulus.
20. respond, and
21. reply, the most general, all mean to speak, write, or act in response: “
the attempt to answer questions, without first discovering precisely what question it is which you desire to answer ” (G.E. Moore).
试图回答问题，但首先还没有发现你想回答的问题是什么 ” (G·E·摩尔）。
You didn't really expect the President to respond personally to your letter, did you?
The opposing team scored three runs; the home team replied with two of their own.
22. Respond also denotes a reaction to something that stimulates one to a course of action, often voluntary (
A bystander responded immediately to the victim's obvious need for help), or to an involuntary emotional response (
She responded in spite of herself to the antics of the puppy). To
23. retort is to answer verbally in a quick, caustic, or witty manner: “