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answer vb. (‘reply’, ‘correspond to’, ‘satisfy’, are freq. senses)
1. to return, requite Wiv. IV. vi. 10 “hath answer'd my affection.”
2. to atone for Cæs. III. ii. 86 “grievously hath Cæsar answer'd it.”
3. to render account of 1H4 IV. ii. 8, Ham. III. iv. 176 “I will . . . well The death I gave him,” Cym. III. v. 42.
4. to act in conformity with, obey Tp. I. ii. 190 “To answer thy best pleasure.”
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