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account for

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English

Verb

Infinitive
to account for

Third person singular
accounts for

Simple past
accounted for

Past participle
accounted for

Present participle
accounting for

to account for (third-person singular simple present accounts for, present participle accounting for, simple past and past participle accounted for)
  1. To explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed.
    The torrential downpour would account for the saturated state of the land.
    The storekeeper was expected to account for any material removed.
  2. to be responsible for destroying or putting (people, aircraft, etc.) out of action.

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