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account for (someone or something)

Definition of account for (someone or something)

  1. 1 :  to show what happened to (someone or something) :  know where (something or someone) is <We have to account for the time we spend on each activity.> <The government couldn't account for millions of dollars of the taxpayers' money.> <Is everyone accounted for?>

  2. 2 :  to destroy or kill (someone or something) <Enemy fighters have accounted for most of our bombers, Sir.>

  3. 3 chiefly British :  to defeat or beat (someone or something) <We accounted for the challengers 3–2.>



Word by Word Definitions

account
  1. :  reckoning, computation

    :  a record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern

    :  a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balance

  1. :  to think of as :  consider

    :  to probe into :  analyze

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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