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Word Example of - answer

    Example Sentences for answer

    He was not prepared with any answer, though he hotly resented every word of her accusation.

    Jim had received no answer from the Secretary of the Interior to his last letter.

    "I don't know," I left Anthony to answer; wondering what he would say.

    But I have not heard anything said sufficient to provoke an answer.

    And if they are asked why, they answer: ‘There are three great evils in our district!’

    A tremendous knock at the door occurred, as if in answer to this.

    Then, in answer to the lightkeeper's questions, came the disclosure of the truth.

    The answer to inquiries was that Mr Hope was not so well, and wished for entire quiet.

    He had been chasing her for his answer, and she had escaped him through a gate.

    He knew that it was impossible that there should be any in answer to the announcement of his marriage.

Word Origin & History of - answer

    Word Origin & History

    answer O.E. andswaru "a reply," from and- "against" (see ante) + -swaru "affirmation," from swerian "to swear" (see swear), suggesting an original sense of "make a sworn statement rebutting a charge." A common Gmc. compound (cf. O.S. antswor, O.N. andsvar, O.Fris. ondser), implying a P.Gmc. *andswara-. Meaning "a reply to a question," the main modern sense, was in O.E. The verb is from O.E. answarian. Answerable "liable to be held responsible" is from 1540s. The telephone answering machine is from 1961.

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