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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyanswer for
he/she/itanswers for
present participleanswering for
past tenseanswered for
past participleanswered for

Related meanings

  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.

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