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Definition of answer for phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


answer for

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    answer for something

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  1. 1to accept responsibility or blame for something You will have to answer for your behavior one day. This government has a lot to answer for (= is responsible for a lot of bad things).
  2. 2to promise that someone has a particular quality or can be relied on to do something I can answer for her honesty. Anne says she can answer for his ability to do the job well.

answer for somebody

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(usually in negative sentences) to say that someone else will do something or have a particular opinion I agree, but I can't answer for my colleagues.
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