- (transitive) To explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed.
- I don't have to account for anything to you.
- The storekeeper was expected to account for any material removed.
- ante 1905 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Dancing Men”, in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, W. R. Caldwell & Co. (1905), page 78 ↗:
- “ […] But there are still four cartridges in the revolver. Two have been fired and two wounds inflicted, so that each bullet can be accounted for.”
- (transitive) To be the primary cause of
- The torrential downpour would account for the saturated state of the land.
- (transitive) To constitute in amount or portion.
- German speakers accounted for 37% of the population.
- (transitive) To make or render a reckoning of funds, persons, or things.
- (transitive) To be answerable for.
- (transitive) To destroy or put out of action.
- Coyotes account for more rabbits than hunters do.
- French: expliquer, rendre compte
- Italian: spiegare, giustificare, rendere conto
- Portuguese: prestar conta, prestar contas