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answer for

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see answer,‎ for.
    I don't know the answer to that, so I'm going to let my lawyer answer for me.
  2. (transitive or intransitive) To be held responsible for; to take the blame for something.
    The mayor wil be answering for his crimes for many years.
    • 2007 September, Wilson D Miscamble, “The Faculty 'Problem'”, in America, volume 197, number 6, page 26:
      Duffy dared to think that Queen Elizabeth I has a few things for which to answer
  3. (transitive) To guarantee.
    I will answer for his debt, if he can't pay on the day.
  4. (transitive) To vouch for (someone); to attest to the character of (someone).
    She's known me for years, and she's always answered for me!

Usage notesEdit

  • The verb and particle are usually not separated.