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answer for

[ an-ser, ahn- ]SEE DEFINITION OF answer for

Synonyms for answer for

  • accept the responsibility for
  • account for
  • atone for
  • be responsible for
  • explain
  • justify
  • pay for
  • take the blame for
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WORD ORIGIN

Old English andswaru "an answer, a reply," from and- "against" (see ante) + -swaru "affirmation," from swerian "to swear" (see swear), suggesting an original sense of "make a sworn statement rebutting a charge." A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon antswor, Old Norse andsvar, Old Frisian ondser, Danish and Swedish ansvar), implying a Proto-Germanic *andswara-. Meaning "a reply to a question," the main modern sense, was present in Old English. Meaning "solution of a problem" is from c.1300.

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