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Any of several instruments or mechanical devices resembling or suggesting this in form or use
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  1. Any of several instruments or mechanical devices resembling or suggesting this in form or use
  2. Something regarded as like a key in opening or closing a way, revealing or concealing, etc.
  3. A button that is depressed to cause a corresponding character or function to be typed or executed by a typewriter or to be accepted as input by a computer.
(Electronics) The ratio of the output to the input, as for a given frequency, of a device or system operating under specified conditions
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  1. (Electronics) The ratio of the output to the input, as for a given frequency, of a device or system operating under specified conditions
  2. (Eccles.) A word or words used in replying to or affirming a prayer, reading, or exhortation
  3. (Physiol., Psychol.) Any biological reaction or behavior resulting from the application of a stimulus
An answer, or response, in speech or writing
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  1. An answer, or response, in speech or writing
  2. (Law) A plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea, especially with regard to counterclaims made by the defendant.
  3. A word or a series of words spoken or written in reaction, as to a question or request.
A formal tax statement on the required official form indicating taxable income, allowed deductions, exemptions, and the computed tax that is due.
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  1. A formal tax statement on the required official form indicating taxable income, allowed deductions, exemptions, and the computed tax that is due.
  2. A recurrence, as of a periodic occasion or event:
  3. The act or condition of going, coming, bringing, or sending back:
The thing stated; account, declaration, assertion, etc.
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  1. The thing stated; account, declaration, assertion, etc.
  2. A declaration of fact or an allegation by a witness; a piece of sworn testimony. See also closing statement, evidence, and opening statement. A declaration of fact or an allegation by a witness; a piece of sworn testimony. See also closing statement, evidence, and opening statement.
  3. A formal oral or written declaration, especially with regard to facts or claims:
Verses chanted or a piece of plainsong sung before or after a psalm, canticle, etc.
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  1. Verses chanted or a piece of plainsong sung before or after a psalm, canticle, etc.
  2. Such a text formerly used as a response but now rendered independently.
  3. A response; a reply:
The act or practice of making such a reply
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  1. The act or practice of making such a reply
  2. A glass laboratory vessel in the shape of a bulb with a long, downward-pointing outlet tube. It is used for distillation or decomposition by heat.
  3. A quick, sharp, or witty reply, esp. one that turns the words of the previous speaker back upon that speaker
(Fencing) A sharp, swift thrust made after parrying an opponent's lunge
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  1. (Fencing) A sharp, swift thrust made after parrying an opponent's lunge
  2. (Sports) A quick thrust given after parrying an opponent's lunge in fencing.
  3. A sharp, swift response or retort
A person who thus repeats or imitates
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  1. A person who thus repeats or imitates
  2. An organ stop for producing the effect of echo
  3. A repeated sound that is caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface. The sound is heard more than once because of the time difference between the initial production of the sound waves and their return from the reflecting surface.
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  1. (plural) An evolving series of effects resulting from a particular event; a repercussion
  2. The reflection of light or heat; a reflection in, or as though in, a mirror.
  3. A far-reaching effect of some event or action
(Chem.) The mutual action of substances undergoing chemical change
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  1. (Chem.) The mutual action of substances undergoing chemical change
  2. A return or opposing action, force, influence, etc.
  3. An action that results directly from or counteracts another action, especially the change in a body's motion as a result of a force applied to it. Some reactions counteract forces and are not readily apparent. When an object rests on a surface, such as a table, for example, the downward force it applies to the surface is counteracted by an equal but upwards force, or reaction, applied by the surface.
Violent response to an act of harm or perceived injustice.
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  1. Violent response to an act of harm or perceived injustice.
A swift, witty reply.
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  1. A swift, witty reply.
  2. Conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts.
  3. A swift, witty reply, especially one that is amusing.
Any means of gaining entrance, admission, etc.
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  1. Any means of gaining entrance, admission, etc.
  2. A secret word or phrase used for identification, as by a soldier wishing to pass a guard
  3. A secret word, phrase, or sequence of characters that must be presented in order to gain access or admittance.
A statement made in rebutting.
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  1. A statement made in rebutting.
  2. The act of refuting something by making a contrary argument, or presenting contrary evidence.
  3. (Politics) A statement, designed to refute or negate specific arguments put forward by opponents.
(Chiefly philately) Something mailed by a seller to a collector to match his stated interests; he can approve of or return the item.
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  1. (Chiefly philately) Something mailed by a seller to a collector to match his stated interests; he can approve of or return the item.
  2. An expression granting permission; an indication of agreement with a proposal; an acknowledgement that a person, thing, or event meets requirements.
  3. An expression of favorable acceptance and encouragement; a compliment that also condones.
(Statistics) The exact duplication of an experiment for verification, criticism, or extension of previous results
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  1. (Statistics) The exact duplication of an experiment for verification, criticism, or extension of previous results
  2. (--- Biology) The process by which genetic material, a single-celled organism, or a virus reproduces or makes a copy of itself.
  3. Process by which an object, person, place or idea may be copied mimicked or reproduced.
Something done or given in acknowledging, as an expression of thanks
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  1. Something done or given in acknowledging, as an expression of thanks
  2. The recognition of a fact or the existence of an obligation and the acceptance of the accompanying legal responsibility. For example, a putative father may acknowledge a child as his during a paternity proceeding.
  3. An answer or response in return for something:
  1. Sign of the zodiac
  2. A displayed structure bearing lettering or symbols, used to identify or advertise a place of business:
  3. An act or gesture used to convey an idea, a desire, information, or a command:
(Law) defendant's answer to the replication.
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  1. (Law) defendant's answer to the replication.
  2. A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff. A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff.
  3. A quick response that involves disagreement or is witty; especially an answer to a reply.
A return to formerly enjoyed status or prosperity:
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  1. A return to formerly enjoyed status or prosperity:
  2. A return to a previous state or position, as of success
  3. A retort or answer.
Insolent or impudent retorts.
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  1. Insolent or impudent retorts.
  2. (Informal) Disrespectful or insolent replies
Something discovered.
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  1. Something discovered.
  2. (Law) The compulsory disclosure to the opposing party of factual information or documents relevant to a lawsuit prior to trial.
  3. In litigation, the compulsory release by a party of documents and other evidence sought by the other party, under rules set by the court. Means of discovery include depositions, written interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests to produce documents or to inspect property. See also disclosure. In litigation, the compulsory release by a party of documents and other evidence sought by the other party, under rules set by the court. Means of discovery include depositions, written interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests to produce documents or to inspect property. See also disclosure.
The act of finding.
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  1. The act of finding.
  2. Something found, esp. something interesting or valuable
  3. Something that is found, especially an unexpectedly valuable discovery:
(Chemistry) A mixture in which particles of one or more substances (the solute) are distributed uniformly throughout another substance (the solvent), so that the mixture is homogeneous at the molecular or ionic level. The particles in a solution are smaller than those in either a colloid or a suspension.
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  1. (Chemistry) A mixture in which particles of one or more substances (the solute) are distributed uniformly throughout another substance (the solvent), so that the mixture is homogeneous at the molecular or ionic level. The particles in a solution are smaller than those in either a colloid or a suspension.
  2. The answer to a problem or the explanation for something:
  3. A method or process of dealing with a problem:
The consequence or consequences desired
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  1. The consequence or consequences desired
  2. The number, quantity, etc. obtained by mathematical calculation; answer to a problem
  3. Something that follows naturally from a particular action, operation, or course; a consequence or outcome.
A thing disclosed; revelation
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  1. A thing disclosed; revelation
  2. The act or process of revealing or uncovering.
  3. The release of information about a person or entity. Of a corporation, the filing of documents and statements required by law; in litigation, the release of documents and other information subpoenaed or otherwise sought by the other side. See also discovery. The release of information about a person or entity. Of a corporation, the filing of documents and statements required by law; in litigation, the release of documents and other information subpoenaed or otherwise sought by the other side. See also discovery.
The act of revealing or disclosing.
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  1. The act of revealing or disclosing.
  2. (Proper) The last book of the New Testament, ascribed to John (in full The Revelation of Saint John the Divine); Apocalypse
  3. Something, as a writing or event, containing or showing such a communication, disclosure, or manifestation
The interpretation, meaning, or sense given in explaining
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  1. The interpretation, meaning, or sense given in explaining
  2. A mutual defining of terms, declaration of motives, etc. to clear up a misunderstanding or settle a dispute
  3. The act or process of explaining:
The act or result of interpreting; explanation, meaning, translation, exposition, etc.
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  1. The act or result of interpreting; explanation, meaning, translation, exposition, etc.
  2. The expression of a person's conception of a work of art, a topic, etc. through acting, playing, writing, criticizing, etc.
  3. A result of interpreting.
Something that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem or mystery.
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  1. Something that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem or mystery.
The act or process of resolving something or breaking it up into its constituent parts or elements
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  1. The act or process of resolving something or breaking it up into its constituent parts or elements
  2. The result of this
  3. A firm decision to do something:
A making clear; the act of elucidating or that which elucidates, as an explanation, an exposition, an illustration; as, one example may serve for further elucidation of the subject.
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  1. A making clear; the act of elucidating or that which elucidates, as an explanation, an exposition, an illustration; as, one example may serve for further elucidation of the subject.
An earnest and urgent request; appeal; entreaty
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  1. An earnest and urgent request; appeal; entreaty
  2. An excuse; a pretext:
  3. A special answer in an equity action, setting forth in lieu of a detailed response a basis for dismissing, delaying, or barring the suit.
An opposing claim, esp. one by a defendant against a plaintiff's claim in a lawsuit
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  1. An opposing claim, esp. one by a defendant against a plaintiff's claim in a lawsuit
  2. (Law) a suit filed by a defendant against a plaintiff secondary to the original complaint.
  3. A claim pled against a plaintiff by a defendant, either in opposition to the relief sought or as an independent cause of action against the plaintiff.
A statement made in rebutting.
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  1. A statement made in rebutting.
  2. (Politics) A statement, designed to refute or negate specific arguments put forward by opponents.
  3. (Law) A pleading by a defendant in reply to the evidence put forward by a plaintiff or the prosecution.
A plaintiff’s response to a defendant’s answer or counterclaim in a civil case; a plaintiff’s response (with the court’s permission) to a charge from a third party; in common law, the answer of the plaintiff to the answer or pleading of the defendant; the reply may be followed by a rejoinder by the defendant. A plaintiff’s response to a defendant’s answer or counterclaim in a civil case; a plaintiff’s response (with the court’s permission) to a charge from a third party; in common law, the answer of the plaintiff to the answer or pleading of the defendant; the reply may be followed by a rejoinder by the defendant. the act of responding to a pleading of an opposing party.
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  1. A plaintiff’s response to a defendant’s answer or counterclaim in a civil case; a plaintiff’s response (with the court’s permission) to a charge from a third party; in common law, the answer of the plaintiff to the answer or pleading of the defendant; the reply may be followed by a rejoinder by the defendant. A plaintiff’s response to a defendant’s answer or counterclaim in a civil case; a plaintiff’s response (with the court’s permission) to a charge from a third party; in common law, the answer of the plaintiff to the answer or pleading of the defendant; the reply may be followed by a rejoinder by the defendant. the act of responding to a pleading of an opposing party.
  2. To say or give as an answer:
  3. To say in answer
To give as a reply; answer.
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  1. To give as a reply; answer.
  2. To act in return or in answer:
  3. To say in answer; reply
To come, or go, again into the presence of; to join the company of again.
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  1. To come, or go, again into the presence of; to join the company of again.
  2. To say in reply, especially in sharp response to a reply.
  3. To say in answer
(Archaic) To return in kind; pay back.
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  1. (Archaic) To return in kind; pay back.
  2. (Archaic) To return like for like; retaliate.
  3. To say in reply or response
To report the receipt of (something) to the sender or giver:
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  1. To report the receipt of (something) to the sender or giver:
  2. (Law) To accept or certify as legally binding:
  3. To admit to be true or as stated; confess
To give nonverbal expression to; signify or embody:
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  1. To give nonverbal expression to; signify or embody:
  2. To state as an opinion or judgment; declare:
  3. For instance:
To repeat (another's words, ideas, etc.)
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  1. To repeat (another's words, ideas, etc.)
  2. A repeated sound that is caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface. The sound is heard more than once because of the time difference between the initial production of the sound waves and their return from the reflecting surface.
  3. To be repeated as or like an echo
To go back in thought or speech
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  1. To go back in thought or speech
  2. To give, send, or do (something equivalent to what has been given, sent, or done); give, send, or do in requital or reciprocation
  3. To answer or respond:
To take notice of something; observe:
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  1. To take notice of something; observe:
  2. To express in words or writing, as observed or noticed; to state; to say; -- often with a substantive clause
  3. To say or write as an observation or comment
(Computing) To issue echo characters, protocol responses, reflexive connection requests, etc.
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  1. (Computing) To issue echo characters, protocol responses, reflexive connection requests, etc.
  2. To reply to a question at a later time.
  3. (Idiomatic) To reply impertinently; to talk back.
To satisfy the hunger or desire of; feed or satiate
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  1. To satisfy the hunger or desire of; feed or satiate
  2. To supply what is specified by or required for:
  3. To satisfy or meet; fulfill:
To fulfill (a need or desire):
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  1. To fulfill (a need or desire):
  2. To give satisfaction.
  3. To provide sufficient explanation to dispel or answer (a doubt or question).
To do, perform, or obey (a task or order, for example); carry out.
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  1. To do, perform, or obey (a task or order, for example); carry out.
  2. To meet (a requirement or condition); satisfy.
  3. (Archaic) To fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.
To send, put, or carry back:
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  1. To send, put, or carry back:
  2. (Archit.) To turn away from, or cause to continue on at an angle to, the previous line of direction
  3. To give, send, or do (something equivalent to what has been given, sent, or done); give, send, or do in requital or reciprocation
To prove (a person) to be wrong; confute
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  1. To prove (a person) to be wrong; confute
  2. To prove (an argument or statement) to be false or wrong, by argument or evidence
  3. To prove to be false or erroneous; overthrow by argument or proof:
To do something in response to an action done to oneself or an associate, especially to attack or injure someone as a response to a hurtful action.
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  1. To do something in response to an action done to oneself or an associate, especially to attack or injure someone as a response to a hurtful action.
  2. To return like for like; esp., to return evil for evil; pay back injury for injury
  3. To return an injury, wrong, etc. for (an injury, wrong, etc. given); requite in kind
To cause to react; specif., to produce a chemical change in
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  1. To cause to react; specif., to produce a chemical change in
  2. To return an impulse or impression; to resist the action of another body by an opposite force; as, every body reacts on the body that impels it from its natural state.
  3. To act reciprocally or in return.
To refuse to acknowledge as one's own; disown; repudiate
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  1. To refuse to acknowledge as one's own; disown; repudiate
  2. Of a court, to reject a party’s claim for money or other relief; of a litigant, to reject in a pleading assertions made by the other party in its own pleading. Of a court, to reject a party’s claim for money or other relief; of a litigant, to reject in a pleading assertions made by the other party in its own pleading.
  3. To give a refusal to; turn down or away:
To strive against; resist:
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  1. To strive against; resist:
  2. To engage in discussion or argument; debate.
  3. To argue; debate
To present opposing evidence or arguments.
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  1. To present opposing evidence or arguments.
  2. To contradict, refute, or oppose, esp. in a formal manner by argument, proof, etc., as in a debate
  3. To refute, especially by offering opposing evidence or arguments, as in a legal case:
To ward off or deflect (a blow, the thrust of a sword, etc.)
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  1. To ward off or deflect (a blow, the thrust of a sword, etc.)
  2. To counter or ward off (criticism, a prying question, etc.) by a clever or evasive response
  3. To deflect or ward off (a fencing thrust, for example).
To give evidence of; indicate:
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  1. To give evidence of; indicate:
  2. To try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
  3. To put forth reasons for or against something:
To assert as defense, vindication, or excuse; claim as a plea:
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  1. To assert as defense, vindication, or excuse; claim as a plea:
  2. To set forth in a pleading:
  3. To present a case in a law court; argue the case of either party
In litigation, to oppose a claimant’s case; to advance or protect one’s own adverse interests. Also, as an attorney, to represent the defendant in a criminal case or civil proceeding. In litigation, to oppose a claimant’s case; to advance or protect one’s own adverse interests. Also, as an attorney, to represent the defendant in a criminal case or civil proceeding.
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  1. In litigation, to oppose a claimant’s case; to advance or protect one’s own adverse interests. Also, as an attorney, to represent the defendant in a criminal case or civil proceeding. In litigation, to oppose a claimant’s case; to advance or protect one’s own adverse interests. Also, as an attorney, to represent the defendant in a criminal case or civil proceeding.
  2. To support or maintain, as by argument or action; justify:
  3. To attempt to disprove or invalidate (the claim made by a lawsuit or prosecution):
To fight for (ground, a military position, etc.); struggle to win or keep
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  1. To fight for (ground, a military position, etc.); struggle to win or keep
  2. To try to disprove or invalidate (something) as by argument or legal action; dispute
  3. To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge:
To say in reply, especially in sharp response to a reply.
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  1. To say in reply, especially in sharp response to a reply.
  2. To become joined again.
  3. To come, or go, again into the presence of; to join the company of again.
To deserve or call for; require:
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  1. To deserve or call for; require:
  2. To state as a fact or as one's belief (something that may be called into question); assert
  3. To demand, ask for, or take as one's own or one's due:
To annul or put an end to (a court order, indictment, or court proceedings).
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  1. To annul or put an end to (a court order, indictment, or court proceedings).
  2. To put down or suppress forcibly and completely:
  3. To suppress a legal document, particularly a subpoena, for reasons based on defect in manner of service or for other procedural or substantive reasons that invalidate the document; to void or terminate; to vacate a judicial decision.
To plead a counterclaim against a plaintiff.
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  1. To plead a counterclaim against a plaintiff.
  2. (Intransitive) To file a counterclaim.
  3. To present as, or make, a counterclaim
To press between two opposing forces so as to break or injure; put out of shape or condition by pressure; squeeze together; crumple
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  1. To press between two opposing forces so as to break or injure; put out of shape or condition by pressure; squeeze together; crumple
  2. To proceed or move by crowding or pressing:
  3. To be or become crushed:
To have an unexpected and unwelcome result; go awry; boomerang
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  1. To have an unexpected and unwelcome result; go awry; boomerang
  2. To produce an unexpected, undesired result.
  3. To start or use a backfire in extinguishing or controlling a forest fire.
To walk heavily, as through mud, making a sucking sound
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  1. To walk heavily, as through mud, making a sucking sound
  2. To produce a splashing, squishing, or sucking sound, as when walking through ooze.
  3. To suppress or silence completely and with a crushing effect
To break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow or collision:
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  1. To break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow or collision:
  2. To cause to come into forceful contact with something:
  3. To be destroyed; come to ruin
To silence or fluster, as with crushing words:
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  1. To silence or fluster, as with crushing words:
  2. To become crushed, flattened, or pulpy, as by pressure or impact.
  3. To move with a splashing or sucking sound, as when walking through boggy ground.
To find or provide the correct or a satisfactory solution to (a problem)
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  1. To find or provide the correct or a satisfactory solution to (a problem)
  2. To solve an equation:
To make clear (esp. something abstruse); explain
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  1. To make clear (esp. something abstruse); explain
  2. To explain or clarify something:
To melt (butter) and remove the water and milk solids
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  1. To melt (butter) and remove the water and milk solids
  2. To make or become easier to understand
  3. To become clear.
A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff. A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff.
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  1. A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff. A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff.
  2. An answer to a reply
  3. A quick response that involves disagreement or is witty; especially an answer to a reply.
(Law) A plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea, especially with regard to counterclaims made by the defendant.
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  1. (Law) A plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea, especially with regard to counterclaims made by the defendant.
  2. A response by some action
  3. An answer, or response, in speech or writing
(Electronics) The ratio of the output to the input, as for a given frequency, of a device or system operating under specified conditions
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  1. (Electronics) The ratio of the output to the input, as for a given frequency, of a device or system operating under specified conditions
  2. A reply or an answer.
  3. Something said or done in answer; reply or reaction
A decision arrived at by thought and investigation; conclusion
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  1. A decision arrived at by thought and investigation; conclusion
  2. The settling of a question or case by an authoritative decision or pronouncement, especially by a judicial body:
  3. The result of such ascertaining.
The answer to a problem or the explanation for something:
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  1. The answer to a problem or the explanation for something:
  2. A drug in solution; liquid medicine
  3. A method or process of dealing with a problem:
The consequence or consequences desired
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  1. The consequence or consequences desired
  2. (Mathematics) The quantity or expression obtained by calculation.
  3. Something that follows naturally from a particular action, operation, or course; a consequence or outcome.
To become joined again.
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  1. To become joined again.
  2. To say in reply, especially in sharp response to a reply.
  3. To come, or go, again into the presence of; to join the company of again.
To answer, or respond, in speech or writing
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  1. To answer, or respond, in speech or writing
  2. To say or give as an answer:
  3. A plaintiff’s response to a defendant’s answer or counterclaim in a civil case; a plaintiff’s response (with the court’s permission) to a charge from a third party; in common law, the answer of the plaintiff to the answer or pleading of the defendant; the reply may be followed by a rejoinder by the defendant. A plaintiff’s response to a defendant’s answer or counterclaim in a civil case; a plaintiff’s response (with the court’s permission) to a charge from a third party; in common law, the answer of the plaintiff to the answer or pleading of the defendant; the reply may be followed by a rejoinder by the defendant. the act of responding to a pleading of an opposing party.
To say in answer; reply
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  1. To say in answer; reply
  2. To give as a reply; answer.
  3. To act in return, as if in answer
To reply, especially to answer in a quick, caustic, or witty manner.
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  1. To reply, especially to answer in a quick, caustic, or witty manner.
  2. To say in reply or response
  3. (Archaic) To return in kind; pay back.
To give, send, or do (something equivalent to what has been given, sent, or done); give, send, or do in requital or reciprocation
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  1. To give, send, or do (something equivalent to what has been given, sent, or done); give, send, or do in requital or reciprocation
  2. To give back to the owner:
  3. To send, put, or carry back:
To make a return thrust.
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  1. To make a return thrust.
  2. To retort quickly.
To prepare for further use especially by washing:
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  1. To prepare for further use especially by washing:
  2. Used to give emphasis, or as a legal convention
  3. Used to serve as part of a negative command or statement
To prepare and offer (food, for example):
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  1. To prepare and offer (food, for example):
  2. To act in a particular capacity:
  3. To wait on tables:
(Obs.) To be competent or able
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  1. (Obs.) To be competent or able
  2. To be equal to a specified task; be capable:
  3. (Archaic) To be enough for; meet the needs of; satisfy
To be in accord; agree or match.
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  1. To be in accord; agree or match.
  2. To be fit, suitable, convenient, or satisfactory
  3. To meet the requirements of; fit:
To satisfy the hunger or desire of; feed or satiate
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  1. To satisfy the hunger or desire of; feed or satiate
  2. To supply what is specified by or required for:
  3. To satisfy or meet; fulfill:
To do, perform, or obey (a task or order, for example); carry out.
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  1. To do, perform, or obey (a task or order, for example); carry out.
  2. (Archaic) To fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.
  3. To meet (a requirement or condition); satisfy.
To come together:
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  1. To come together:
  2. To be sufficient for (a need, for example); fulfill:
  3. To deal or contend with effectively:
To fulfill or answer the requirements or conditions of (something)
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  1. To fulfill or answer the requirements or conditions of (something)
  2. To fulfill the needs, expectations, wishes, or desires of (someone); content; gratify
  3. To give satisfaction.

Synonym Study

  • Rejoin implies an answer, originally to a reply, now often to an objection
  • Retort suggests a reply, esp. one that is sharp or witty, provoked by a charge or criticism
  • Reply in its strictest application refers to an answer that directly or in detail satisfies a question, charge, etc.
  • Respond implies an appropriate reaction, either in words or action, made voluntarily or spontaneously to that which serves as a stimulus to respond to an appeal
  • Answer implies saying, writing, or acting in return, as required by the situation or by courtesy to answer a letter, to answer the phone
Find another word for answer. In this page you can discover 124 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for answer, like: key, response, reply, return, statement, antiphon, retort, riposte, echo, reverberation and reaction.