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English definition of “answer for sth”

answer for sth

phrasal verb with answer     /ˈɑːnsər/ verb
to be responsible for something, or punished for something: Do you think parents should have to answer for their children's behaviour?Duty, obligation and responsibility
have a lot to answer for to be the main cause of something bad that has happened: "Why is violent crime on the increase?" "Well, I think television has a lot to answer for."Duty, obligation and responsibility
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