Business Dictionary :
Answer and Answering

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Answer : noun : reply or letter or conversation coming after someone has written or spoken

• I am writing in answer to your letter of October 6th.

• My letter got no answer or there was no answer to my letter.

• I tried to phone his office but there was no answer.

Answer : verb : to speak or write after someone has spoken or written to you

• To answer a letter = to write a letter in reply to a letter which you have received

• To answer the telephone = to lift the telephone when it rings and listen to what the caller is saying

Answering : noun : answering machine = machine which answers the telephone automatically when someone is not in the office

Answering Service = office which answers the telephone and takes messages for someone or for a company

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