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English definition of “answer for sb/sth”

answer for sb/sth

phrasal verb with answer     /ˈɑːn.sər/ US  /ˈæn.sɚ/ verb
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 .Duty, obligation and responsibility
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