account for (someone or something)

phrasal verb

accounted for (someone or something); accounting for (someone or something); accounts for (someone or something)
: 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?
: to destroy or kill (someone or something)
Enemy fighters have accounted for most of our bombers, Sir.
chiefly British : to defeat or beat (someone or something)
We accounted for the challengers 3–2.

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“Account for (someone or something).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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