answer to

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answer to (third-person singular simple present answers to, present participle answering to, simple past and past participle answered to)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see answer,‎ to.
    You've been asking me questions all day, and I answered to help with the investigation, but I'm done now.
  2. To be accountable or responsible to; to account to; to report to.
    I'm above you in the hierarchy, Jim, so you should be answering to me.
  3. To justify oneself to (someone). (usually with have to)
    You're going to have to answer to all of these charges to my satisfaction.
  4. To respond to (a name); to treat as one's own name.
    She's answered to Katie her entire life.