Definition of Account for

1. Verb. Be the reason or explanation for. "The recession accounts for the slow retail business"

Generic synonyms: Be

2. Verb. Give reasons for. "Can you account for all these absences?"
Generic synonyms: Explain, Explicate

Definition of Account for

1. Verb. (transitive) To explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To be the primary cause of ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To destroy or put out of action. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To constitute in amount or portion. ¹

5. Verb. To make or render a reckoning of funds, persons, or things. ¹

6. Verb. To be answerable for. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Account For

accouchement force
account book
account books
account code
account executive
account executives
account for (current term)
account manager
account managers
account of
account payable
account receivable
account representative
account statement
account to
accountability partner
accountable cryptomaterial
accountable depot

Literary usage of Account for

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1908)
"... thereof in his account ; for he is in the nature of a bailiff or servant to the infant, and undertakes no otherwise than for his diligence and fidelity. ..."

2. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1860)
"And as for the ill end thou sayest they come to, that is most glorious in their account; for, for present deliverance, they do not much expect it; ..."

3. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or, The Preservation of by Charles Darwin (1882)
"... selection to account for the incipient stages of useful structures—Causes which interfere with the acquisition through natural selection of useful ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Curiosity, unless wisely held in bounds, is of itself sufficient to account for all errors. . . . But far more effective in obscuring the mind and leading ..."

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