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ac·count

 (ə-kount′)
n.
1. A narrative or record of events.
2.
a. A reason given for a particular action or event: What is the account for this loss?
b. A report relating to one's conduct: gave a satisfactory account of herself.
c. A basis or ground: no reason to worry on that account.
3.
a. A formal banking, brokerage, or business relationship established to provide for regular services, dealings, and other financial transactions.
b. A precise list or enumeration of financial transactions.
c. A sum of money deposited for checking, savings, or brokerage use.
d. A customer having a business or credit relationship with a firm: salespeople visiting their accounts.
4. A private access to a computer system or online service, usually requiring a password to enter.
5. Worth, standing, or importance: a landowner of some account.
6. Profit or advantage: turned her writing skills to good account.
tr.v. ac·count·ed, ac·count·ing, ac·counts
To consider as being; deem. See Synonyms at consider. See Usage Note at as1.
Phrasal Verb:
account for
1. To constitute the governing or primary factor in: Bad weather accounted for the long delay.
2. To provide an explanation or justification for: The suspect couldn't account for his time that night.
Idioms:
call to account
1. To challenge or contest.
2. To hold answerable for.
on account
On credit.
on account of
Because of; for the sake of: "We got married on account of the baby" (Anne Tyler).
on no account
Under no circumstances.
on (one's) own account
1. For oneself.
2. On one's own; by oneself: He wants to work on his own account.
on (someone's) account
For someone's benefit: It's nice of you to make such an effort on his account.
take into account
To take into consideration; allow for.

[Middle English, from Old French acont, from aconter, to reckon : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + cunter, to count (from Latin computāre, to sum up; see compute).]

account for

vb (intr, preposition)
1. to give reasons for (an event, act, etc)
2. to make or provide a reckoning of (expenditure, payments, etc)
3. to be responsible for destroying, killing, or putting (people, aircraft, etc) out of action
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.account for - be the reason or explanation for; "The recession accounts for the slow retail business"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
2.account for - give reasons foraccount for - give reasons for; "Can you account for all these absences?"
explain, explicate - make plain and comprehensible; "He explained the laws of physics to his students"

account

noun
1. A recounting of past events:
2. A statement of causes or motives:
3. A precise list of fees or charges:
Informal: tab.
4. A feeling of deference, approval, and liking:
5. A measure of those qualities that determine merit, desirability, usefulness, or importance:
6. The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end:
verb
To look upon in a particular way:
phrasal verb
account for
To offer reasons for or a cause of:
Translations
يُفَسِّرُيُفَسِّـر ، يُبَيِّن السَبَب
vysvětlit
forklaregøre rede forredegøre for
selittää
razjasniti
elszámol
gera grein fyrir, útskÿra
・・・の説明がつく
설명하다
svara för
อธิบายเหตุผล
açıklamakhesabını vermekhesap vermek
giải thích

w>account for

vi +prep obj
(= explain)erklären; (= give account of) actions, expenditureRechenschaft ablegen über (+acc); how do you account for it?wie erklären Sie sich (dat)das?; he wasn’t able to account for the missing moneyer konnte den Verbleib des fehlenden Geldes nicht erklären; all the children were/all the money was accounted forder Verbleib aller Kinder/des (ganzen) Geldes war bekannt, man wusste, wo die Kinder alle waren/wo das Geld (geblieben) war; there’s no accounting for tasteüber Geschmack lässt sich (nicht) streiten
(= be the source of)der Grund sein für; this area accounts for most of the country’s mineral wealthaus dieser Gegend stammen die meisten Bodenschätze des Landes; this area alone accounts for some 25% of the populationdiese Gegend allein macht etwa 25% der Bevölkerung aus; he accounts for most of the accidentsdie meisten Unfälle gehen auf sein Konto (inf)
(= be the cause of defeat, destruction etc of)zur Strecke bringen; (illness)dahinraffen; chanceszunichtemachen; Proctor accounted for five Australian batsmenProctor hat fünf australische Schlagmänner ausgeschlagen

account

(əˈkaunt) noun
1. an arrangement by which a person keeps his money in a bank. I have (opened) an account with the local bank.
2. a statement of money owing. Send me an account.
3. a description or explanation (of something that has happened). a full account of his holiday.
4. an arrangement by which a person makes a regular (eg monthly) payment instead of paying at the time of buying. I have an account at Smiths.
5. (usually in plural) a record of money received and spent. You must keep your accounts in order; (also adjective) an account book.
acˈcountancy noun
the work of an accountant. He is studying accountancy.
acˈcountant noun
a keeper or inspector of (money) accounts. He employs an accountant to deal with his income tax.
account for
to give a reason for; to explain. I can account for the mistake.
on account of
because of. She stayed indoors on account of the bad weather.
on my/his (etc) account
because of me, him etc or for my, his etc sake. You don't have to leave early on my account.
on no account
not for any reason. On no account must you open that door.
take (something) into account, take account of (something)
to consider (something which is part of the problem etc). We must take his illness into account when assessing his work.

account for

يُفَسِّرُ vysvětlit redegøre for erklären λογοδοτώ dar cuenta de, explicar selittää expliquer razjasniti rendere conto di ・・・の説明がつく 설명하다 verklaren svare for wyjaśnić explicar, prestar contas давать отчет svara för อธิบายเหตุผล hesap vermek giải thích 解释
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