Translation of account for in Spanish:

account for

dar cuentas de, v.

phrasal verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(provide record of, justify)

      (expenditure/time) dar cuentas de
      to account to sb for sth darle cuentas de algo a algn

      • do I have to account to you for everything I do?
      • is everyone accounted for?
      I have to account for every penny I spend tengo que dar cuentas de cada penique que gasto
      • $500 remains to be accounted for aún no se han dado explicaciones sobre el destino de 500 dólares

    • 1.2(explain)

      (absence/mistake/success) explicar
      that would account for his behavior eso explicaría su comportamiento
      • the increase is accounted for by the rise in oil prices el aumento se debe a la subida en el precio del crudo

  • 2

    (add up to)
    wages account for 70% of the total los sueldos representan un / el 70% del total
    • this model accounts for 17% of the market este modelo tiene el 17% del mercado
  • 3

    (defeat, eliminate)
    (opponent) dar cuenta de
    (opponent) acabar con
    the children accounted for half the cake los niños dieron cuenta de / acabaron con la mitad del pastel