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Phrasal Verbs

account for

This page is about the phrasal verb account for

FORMAL

Meaning

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

Synonym

explain

For example

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

  • account for something 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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