account for (someone or something)

Definition of account for (someone or something)

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

Word by Word Definitions

account play
  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

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

  3. : reckoning, computation

  1. : to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

  2. : to be the sole or primary factor

  3. : to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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