There are 2 translations of answer in Spanish:

answer1

Pronunciation: /ˈænsər; ˈɑːnsə(r)/

n

  • 1 1.1 (reply) respuesta (f), contestación (f) what was their answer? ¿qué respondieron or contestaron?, ¿cuál fue su respuesta or contestación? there's no answer (to doorbell, phone) no contestan answer to sth [to question/letter/accusation] respuesta a algo in answer to your letter en relación con or con relación a su carta in answer to your question para contestar tu pregunta, en repuesta a tu pregunta I can't get an answer out of him no consigo que me dé una respuesta or contestación by way of (an) answer como toda or por toda respuesta he's got an answer for everything! ¡tiene una respuesta para todo! the answer to a maiden's prayer [humorístico/humorous] un príncipe azul to be the answer to sb's prayers llegar* como caído del cielo to know all the answers [colloquial/familiar] saberlo* todo you think you know all the answers, don't you? ¿tú qué te crees? ¿que lo sabes todo? 1.2 (response)answer (to sth) her answer to his rudeness was to ignore it respondió a su grosería ignorándola Britain's answer to Elvis Presley el Elvis Presley británico 1.3 (plea) [Law] contestación (f)
  • 2 2.1 (in exam, test, quiz) respuesta (f) the answer is 210 la respuesta or solución es 210 2.2 (solution) solución (f) violence is not the answer la violencia no es la solución there's only one answer: we'll have to sell the car solo tenemos una solución: vender el coche answer to sth solución (f)de algo the answer to all their problems la solución de todos sus problemas

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In the River Plate region of Latin America the word copetín can mean an aperitif or light snack, or a social occasion at which these are consumed, generally before the evening meal.

There are 2 translations of answer in Spanish:

answer2

vt

  • 1 1.1 (reply to) [person/letter] contestar answer your father when he's speaking to you! ¡contéstale a tu padre cuando te habla! we must answer their letter tenemos que contestar (a) su carta I can't answer your question no puedo contestar (a) su pregunta if they ask me where you are, what shall I answer? si me preguntan dónde estás, ¿qué contesto? because it's too far, she answered —porque está muy lejos —contestó or respondió 1.2 [telephone] contestar, atender* (AmL) , coger* (Esp) will you answer the door? ¿vas tú (a abrir)? 1.3 [critic/criticism] responder a
  • 2 2.1 [need] satisfacer* their prayers were answered el cielo escuchó sus plegarias 2.2 (fit) to answer (to) a description responder a una descripción he saw a woman answering (to) that description vio a una mujer que respondía a esa descripción 2.3 [Naut] to answer the helm obedecer* al timón

vi

  • contestar, responder I wrote and they answered almost immediately escribí y me contestaron casi inmediatamente I phoned but no one answered llamé por teléfono pero no contestaron if the doorbell rings, don't answer si tocan el timbre, no contestes/abras

Phrasal verbs

answer back

v + adv 1.1 (rudely) [children/subordinate] contestar don't answer back! ¡no contestes! 1.2 (defend oneself) responder a las acusaciones ( or a sus críticos etc) 1.1v + o + adv her son answered her back su hijo le contestó mal or de mala manera

answer for

v + prep + o
1.1 (accept responsibility for) [conduct/consequences] responder de he'll have to answer for what he did va a tener que responder de or dar cuentas de lo que hizo his parents have a lot to answer for sus padres tienen mucha culpa 1.2 (guarantee) [truth/integrity] garantizar*, responder de; [person] responder por I'll answer for him yo respondo por él 1.3 (reply on behalf of) [others/colleagues] responder or contestar por I can't answer for everyone, but … no puedo responder or contestar por todo el mundo, pero … let him answer for himself deja que conteste él mismo

answer to

v + prep + o
1.1 (be accountable) to answer to sb (for sth) responder ante algn (de algo) 1.2 [dog/cat] it answers to the name of Bob responde al nombre de Bob 1.3answer2 1 2 2 1.4 (obey, respond to) [movement/control] responder a

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Word of the day lavado
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Cultural fact of the day

In the River Plate region of Latin America the word copetín can mean an aperitif or light snack, or a social occasion at which these are consumed, generally before the evening meal.