UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɑːnsər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈænsɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ansər, än-)

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used as a verb
When you answer someone who has asked you a question, you say something back to them. You can either say that someone answers a person or that they answer a question.
I didn't know how to answer her.
I tried my best to answer her questions.
Be careful
You don't ‘answer to’ someone who has asked you a question, or ‘answer to’ their question.
used as a noun
An answer is something that you say to someone when they have asked you a question.
‘Is there anyone here?’ I asked. There was no answer.
An answer to a problem is a possible solution to it.
At first it seemed like the answer to all my problems.
Be careful
Don't talk about an ‘answer for’ a problem.
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