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account (to sb) for sth

phrasal verb with account uk /əˈkaʊnt/ us /əˈkaʊnt/ verb [ T + obj + noun/adj ] formal

C2 to explain the reason for something or the cause of something:

Can you account for your absence last Friday?
She was unable to account for over $5,000 (= she could not explain where the money was).
He has to account to his manager for (= tell his manager about and explain) all his movements.

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