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Ask the poor fisherman at the gates, who has been to him as a brother; and he will answer 'Anaxagoras.'

Aspasia was next called to answer the charges brought against her.

No answer coming, he peered through the window, but saw no one.

He did apply, and at the end of a month, no answer had been returned to his communication.

I received no answer, and then I turned to the congregation.

There was no answer to his knock, and by trying the knob he found that she had locked herself in.

I dread to go down, said she, with so determined an answer: they will have no patience with me.

He had determined before to answer them and cut up Gladstone!

I will now give you a copy of my letter to my sister; with her answer.

The following is a copy of what I wrote, and what follows that, of the answer sent me.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English andswaru "an answer, 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 Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon antswor, Old Norse andsvar, Old Frisian ondser, Danish and Swedish ansvar), implying a Proto-Germanic *andswara-. Meaning "a reply to a question," the main modern sense, was present in Old English. Meaning "solution of a problem" is from c.1300.

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