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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyanswer to
he/she/itanswers to
present participleanswering to
past tenseanswered to
past participleanswered to
  1. 1
    answer to someone to have to explain to someone why you did something

    I answer to no one except the president.

  2. 2
    answer to the name of
    1. a.
      if an animal answers to the name of something, it comes to you when you call it this name
    2. b.
      to have a particular name

      a small boy answering to the name of Andrew

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