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English definition of “answer for sb/sth”

answer for sb/sth

verb uk phrasal verb with answer   /ˈɑːn.sər/ us    /ˈæn.sɚ/
If you say that you can answer for someone or for a quality that they have, you mean that you know from experience that they can be trusted, or that they have that quality: I can certainly answer for her professionalism, and whole-heartedly recommend her to any employer.
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