answer for - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyanswer for
he/she/itanswers for
present participleanswering for
past tenseanswered for
past participleanswered for
  1. 1
    answer for something to agree to be responsible for something

    You have to answer for any problems that happen during the show.

  2. 2
    can’t answer for someone used for emphasizing that you cannot say what someone else will do or think about something

    I can’t answer for my colleagues, but as far as I’m concerned this is a great proposal.

  3. 3
    have a lot to answer for to be responsible for a lot of bad things that have happened

    The managers of that company have a lot to answer for.

See also main entry: answer