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Account (1)
Account for
- To explain
Meaning: To explain
Example: They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing.
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- Inseparable 
- International English
Ache (1)
Ache for
- Want something or someone a lot
Meaning: Want something or someone a lot
Example: My partner's been away for a fortnight- I am ACHING FOR her.
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- Inseparable 
- International EnglishAct (3)
Act on
- To take action because of something like information received
Meaning: To take action because of something like information received
Example: The police were ACTING ON a tip from an informer and caught the gang red-handed.
Notes:
- Inseparable 
- International English
Act out
- Perform something with actions and gestures.
- Express an emotion in your behaviorMeaning: Perform something with actions and gestures.
Example: They ACTED OUT the story on stage.
Notes:
- Separable [optional] 
- International English
Meaning: Express an emotion in your behaviour
Example: Their anger is ACTED OUT in their antisocial behaviour.
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- Separable [optional] 
- International English
Act up
- Behave badly or strangely
Meaning: Behave badly or strangelyExample: My computer's ACTING UP; I think I might have a virus.
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- Intransitive 
- International English
Add (3)
Add on
- Include in a calculation
Meaning: Include in a calculation
Example: You have to ADD the VAT ON to the price they give.
Notes:
- Separable [optional] 
- International English
Add up
- To make a mathematical total
- Be a satisfactory explanantion for somethingMeaning: To make a mathematical total
Example: We ADDED UP the bill to check it was correct.
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- Separable [optional] 
- International English
Meaning: Be a satisfactory explanantion for something
Example: She explained why the work wasn't ready, but her story doesn't ADD UP.
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- Intransitive 
- International English
Add up to
- Have a certain result
Meaning: Have a certain resultExample: Trains delays are getting worse and with the high fares, it all ADDS UP TO misery for the commuters.
Notes:
- Inseparable 
- International English
Aim (1)
Aim at
- To target
Meaning: To target
Example: The magazine is AIMED AT teenagers.
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- Inseparable 
- International English
Allow (1)
Allow for
- Include something in a plan or calculation
Meaning: Include something ina plan or calculation
Example: You should ALLOW FOR delays when planning a journey.
Notes:
- Inseparable 
- International English
Angle (1)
Angle for
- Try to get something indirectly, by hinting or suggesting
Meaning: Try to get something indirectly, by hinting or suggesting
Example: He's been ANGLING FOR an invitation, but I don't want him to come.
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- Inseparable 
-International English
Answer (2)
Answer back
- To reply rudely to someone in authority
Meaning: To reply rudely to someone in authority
Example: Her mother was shocked when she started ANSWERING her BACK and refusing to help.
Notes:
- Separable [obligatory] 
- International English
Answer for
- Be held responsible for a problem
- Speak on behalf of someone or from knowing them
Meaning: Be heldresponsible for a problem
Example: The government should be made to ANSWER FOR their failure to sort out the problem.
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- Inseparable 
- International English
Meaning: Speak on behalf of someone or from knowing them
Example: I can ANSWER FOR my partner because I know her position on this issue.
Notes:
- Inseparable 
- International English
Argue (1)
Argue out
- Argue about a problemto find a solution
Meaning: Argue about a problem to find a solution
Example: If we can't ARGUE our differences OUT, we'll have to take them to court.
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- Separable [optional] 
- International English
Ask (7)
Ask after
- Enquire about someone's health, how life is going
Meaning: Enquire about someone's health, how life is going
Example: Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you,...
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