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Definition of the verb account for

What does account for mean as a doing phrase?


  1. be the reason or explanation for
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  2. give reasons for
    • example: Can you account for all these absences?
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: explain / explicate = make plain and comprehensible

Alternative definition of the verb account for


  1. [transitive] To explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed.
  2. [transitive] To be the primary cause of
  3. [transitive] To destroy or put out of action.
  4. [transitive] To constitute in amount or portion.

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Google previewA General Dictionary of Provincialisms (1840)

by William Holloway

for many, this derivation may account for, and justify, the pronunciation of these two words; for the others perhaps we must pass through the French up to the Latin ; salt is in Latin, sal, but in French, ...

Google previewThe Sterling Dictionary Of English For Everyday Use (2000)

by Arjuna Hulugalle

give explanation: The storekeeper had to account for the loss of goods. 2. submit an account: The housekeeper had to account for all expenses, - accountable, adj. accountant n 1 . person who keeps or inspects the money record of a ...

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

Specifically, this method requires the individual to place the income in a special retirement account for many years. In determining whether tax deferral is appropriate, one must take into account income and current budgetary requirements, ...

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The idea is a straightforward one. We provide an account for every newborn in America, a $500 account. (Harold Ford)
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