give an account

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give an account (of someone or something) (to someone)

 and give someone an account of someone or something
to tell a narrative about someone or something to someone. You are going to have to give an account of yourself to your parole officer. Please give an account of your day to my secretary. Give me an account of every minute.
See also: account, give
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But what's happened thereafter is that she was manipulated or influenced to give an account to blame Sajaad Hussain.
4 : a statement of explanation or of reasons or causes <You'll be asked to give an account of your actions.
The letters from Archie Jewell to his sisters Clara and Elizabeth give an account of how he escaped each time.
Mr Conway was asked to give an account of his experience of the impact the decent homes standard has had on Blyth Valley.
Question: An appropriate anthropology [study of man] is needed fore that takes all this into consideration and that can give an account of the human being in his entirety.
Members are generally required only to profess belief in a Supreme Being who has revealed the moral law and to whom humans must give an account for their actions.
Global AIDS Policy, draws from more than 200 interviews, especially with key political insiders, policymakers and thinkers, to give an account of the red tape that has allowed America to hobble along in its steps to addressing the AIDS crisis.
SIR - The official of Severn River Crossing, a Mr James Rawle, in response to Lembit Opik's questions, failed to give an account of the profit margin his company achieves from road users.
The Bishop of Chester, the writer of this letter and all committed Christians believe one day we will have to give an account of ourselves to God - the Bible is our confidence.
I started writing them because in a vague way I felt I had a responsibility to give an account for my life, so when the day of judgment comes and God asks what did I do with my life, I can hand Him 50 million words'
In detailing the process of Palestinian political and social transformation, the authors give an account of the emergence and development of capitalism in Palestine since late nineteenth century, and determine that it was one of the causes leading to the colonization and Zionization of the country.
The book has three aims, of which the first is the most ambitious: to give an account of the system(s) of medicine relevant to Shakespeare's work, to elucidate medical references in Shakespeare's plays, and to treat in some depth three selected topics (the royal cure of scrofula in Macbeth, the cure of the French king's fistula in All's Well, and Lear's madness), in all of which interpretation and a sense of medical history very fruitfully intersect.
In his important novel Alastalon salissa (1933; "In the Parlor at Alastalo"), he used interior monologues, long flashback episodes, and exact, detailed description to give an account of the events in a six-hour period.
It should understand why it is assembled, and it should be able to give an account of itself.