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answer for (something)

Definition of answer for (something)

  1. 1 :  to take responsibility for (something) <I can't answer for their safety.> <The company will have to answer for any damage done by its employees.>

  2. 2 :  to be punished for (something) <He must answer for his crimes.>

  3. 3 US :  to be used or serve as (something) <The old bucket answered for a sink.>



Word by Word Definitions

answerplay
  1. :  something spoken or written in reply to a question

    :  a correct response

    :  a reply to a legal charge or suit :  plea

  1. :  to speak or write in reply

    :  to be or make oneself responsible or accountable

    :  to make amends :  atone

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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