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. :  a record of debit (see 2debit 1a) and credit (see 1credit 2d) 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

    :  reckoning, computation

  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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