answer for (something)


: 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.
: to be punished for (something)
He must answer for his crimes.
US : to be used or serve as (something)
The old bucket answered for a sink.

Example Sentences

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“Answer for (something).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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