answer for


answer for
verb
furnish a justifying analysis or explanation
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I can't account for the missing money

Syn: ↑account
Derivationally related forms: ↑accountable (for: ↑account), ↑account (for: ↑account)
Hypernyms: ↑declare
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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answer for [phrasal verb]
1 answer for (something)
1 a : to take responsibility for (something)

I can't answer for their safety. [=I can't promise that they will be safe]

: to be responsible for (something)

The company will have to answer for any damage done by its employees.

She has a lot to answer for. [=she is responsible for many bad things that have happened]

1 b : to be punished for (something)

He must answer for his crimes.

1 c US : to be used as (something) : to serve as (something)

The old bucket answered for a sink. [=the old bucket was used as a sink]

— see also answer 6 (above), 2
2 answer for (someone) : to say what someone else thinks : to give the opinion of (someone else)

I like the proposal myself, but I can't answer for my boss.

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Main Entry:answer

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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