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give an account

To recount something. We need all witnesses to give an account of what they saw the night of the burglary.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
They did not care to ask him anything more about his journey, for they saw he was in the vein to go rambling all over the heavens giving an account of everything that went on there, without having ever stirred from the garden.
I cannot, however, leave this country without giving an account of their manner of blood-letting, which I was led to the knowledge of by a violent fever, which threatened to put an end to my life and travels together.
His wife, Lesley Strettle, 41, of Park Avenue, Eccleston, pleaded guilty to two charges of assisting an offender in disposing of the firearm and giving an account to police concerning Christopher Honnor's death.
Giving an account of his meeting with Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov, Caglayan said the proposed "Turkish zone" would house investments by Turkish companies, adding that Kazakh officials would leave the planning of the trade zone to their Turkish counterparts.
Marrero said Friday that the sector managed to reverse the decrease that occurred in 2007, while giving an account of his management at a plenary session of Parliament attended by President Raul Castro.
Country And Irish is a compilation of Brendan's best known songs and some that have never been released before, all digitally remastered and packaged in a four page booklet giving an account of Brendanis 35 year career in the music business.
Rossi sets the stage for an appraisal of Cataneo by giving an account of sculpture in Venice around 1540, in which Sansovino's Loggetta figures heavily.