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British pronunciation/ˈansə fɔː/
American pronunciation/ˈænsɚ fɔːɹ/
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to explain one's actions or decisions, especially when questioned or challenged

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to face consequences or punishment for one's actions

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to be used as a replacement or representation of something

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to explain someone else's thoughts or opinions on a matter

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The CEO had to answer for the company's poor financial performance during the shareholders' meeting.
When questioned by the press, the spokesperson had to answer for the government's new tax policy.
He had to answer for his choice of investments when his business partners raised concerns.
She had to answer for her role in the project's failure and provide a detailed explanation.
The defendant was asked to answer for their actions in court and provide reasons for their behavior.
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