account for

This page is about the phrasal verb account for.

Meaning: If you account for something, you explain how it came to be the way it is.

Synonym: explain

For example:

  • account for sth We accounted for last year's higher production costs by showing how the price of labour and raw materials had increased.

  • account for sth How can we account for the remarkable success of our latest product?

Nouns often used as objects with account for: costs, expenses, delays, behaviour, failure, success

Quick Quiz:

If you account for something, you

a. calculate how much it costs

b. give a reason for it

c. make a budget for it

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Contributor: Matt Errey