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 Dictionary entry overview: What does account for mean? 

  The verb ACCOUNT FOR has 2 senses:

1. be the reason or explanation for
2. give reasons for

  Familiarity information: ACCOUNT FOR used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1account for [BACK TO TOP]


Be the reason or explanation for

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The recession accounts for the slow retail business

Hypernyms (to "account for" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sense 2account for [BACK TO TOP]


Give reasons for

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

Can you account for all these absences?

Hypernyms (to "account for" is one way to...):

explain; explicate (make plain and comprehensible)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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