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Definition of the verb account for

What does account for mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  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

verb

  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 previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice, at Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts (1900)

by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, Thomas Edward O'Brien, James Cockcroft

and true account for materials furnished by said deponent, and that there is now due and owing to deponent thereon, after allowing all credits, the sum of one hundred eighty-three and 99-100 dollars, for which deponent claims a mechanic's ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Law and Forms for All the States and Canada (1884)

With Notes and Authorities

The account for settlement with the court ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B by William Nicholson

The account for sheep, dairy, and fatting beasts, is each to be charged its peculiar expenses ; wages, hurdles, shepherd, kc. for the first ; fuel and straw, &c. for the second . and the purchasc money of lean stock for fatting beasts. Amidst all this ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge (1809)

by William Nicholson

The account for sheep, dairy, and fatting beasts, is each to be charged its peculiar expenses ; wages, hurdles, shepherd, &c. for the first ; fuel and straw, &c. for the second ; and the purchase money of lean stock fur fatting beasts. Amidit all this ...

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We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origins. At last, we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo It is our own. (Arthur Eddington)
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