- account for
- verb1. be the reason or explanation for (Freq. 24)-
The recession accounts for the slow retail business• Hypernyms: ↑be• Verb Frames:-
Something ——s something2. give reasons for (Freq. 6)-
Can you account for all these absences?• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s something-
Something ——s something
* * *1) give a satisfactory record of (something, typically money, that one is responsible for)■ provide or serve as a satisfactory explanation or reason for
he was brought before the Board to account for his behavior■ usu. be accounted for know the fate or whereabouts of (someone or something), esp. after an accident
everyone was accounted for after the floods■ succeed in killing, destroying, or defeating
a mishit drive accounted for Jones, who had scored 322) supply or make up a specified amount or proportion of
social security accounts for about a third of total public spending
* * *account for [phrasal verb]1 account for (something)
Eventually, you will need to account for your actions/behavior.
How do you account for [=explain] your success?◇ The informal saying there's no accounting for taste means that there is no way to understand why some people like something while other people do not.
I don't see why they liked the movie, but there's no accounting for taste.
The disease accounted for over 10,000 deaths last year.
These new features account for the computer's higher price.
The disease cannot be accounted for [=explained] by genetics alone. There must be other causes as well.1 c : to make up or form (a part of something)
The researchers failed to account for the fact that most of the students were poor.2 account for (someone or something)2 a : to show what happened to (someone or something)
We have to account for the time [=to say how much time] we spend on each activity.
I'll have to account for the money I spent.: to know the location of (someone or something)
The government couldn't account for millions of dollars of the taxpayers' money.
Is everyone accounted for? [=do we know where everyone is?]
All present and accounted for. [=everyone who is supposed to be here is here]2 b : to destroy or kill (someone or something)
Enemy fighters have accounted for most of our bombers, Sir.also chiefly Brit : to defeat or beat (someone or something)
We accounted for [=dispatched] the challengers 3‒2.• • •Main Entry: ↑account
Useful english dictionary. 2012.