answer for (something)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : a correct response

  3. : a reply to a legal charge or suit : plea

  1. : to speak or write in reply

  2. : to be or make oneself responsible or accountable

  3. : to make amends : atone

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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