answer to a name

idiom

: to respond when called by a certain name
This dog answers to the name (of) "Rover."
My uncle's real name is "Edwin," but he doesn't answer to that name. He prefers to be called "Ed."

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“Answer to a name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/answer%20to%20a%20name. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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