1 account for. explain, give a reason for, give or render a reckoning for, answer for, justify, reckon for:
The treasurer has been able to account for every penny of expense. His desire to conceal his background accounts for his secrecy.
2 calculation, accounting, reckoning, computation, (financial) statement; enumeration:
The accounts show that the company has ample funds in reserve. Williams hasn't submitted his expense account for the trip.
3 interest, profit, advantage, benefit, favour; sake:
Nigel turned his convalescence to good account by writing a best seller. Don't read the book on my account.
4 explanation, statement, description, report, recital, narrative, history, chronicle:
The defendant gave a credible account of his whereabouts at the time of the crime.
5 consideration, use, worth, importance, consequence, note, value, merit; standing, significance, estimation, esteem:
The committee decided that length of service is of some account in determining retirement pensions.
6 story, narration, narrative, report, tale, relation, description:
Alice's account of the rabbit wearing a waistcoat is unbelievable.
7 take into account or take account of. notice, take note of, consider, take into consideration, allow for:
In passing sentence, the judge took into account the child's poverty and the fact that it was Christmas time.