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