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account for explain [account for something] (insep) (money, difference, actions) Explain or give a reason for something.

act out 1 perform [act something out] (script, story) Perform something or make it into a play.

2 express (fantasy, frustration, instincts) Express your feelings or ideas.

act up (child, car, computer, injury, arm, leg, wound) Behave badly, hurt or not work properly.  Play up

add in include [add something in] (cost, flour, figures) Include something or mix it with something else.

add on include [add something on] Include or add.

add up make sense (insep) Make sense.

add up calculate [add something up] (bill, expenses, figures, numbers) Calculate the total.

allow for [allow for something] Take something into consideration or make it possible.

answer back Reply rudely.

answer for (insep) (actions, behaviour) Take the responsibility for something wrong you have done.

apply for [answer for something] (insep) (job, permit, permission, grant, scholarship, loan) Fill in a form or write a formal letter asking for something.

ask after [ask after somebody] (insep) Inquire how somebody is doing.

ask about/around (insep) Make inquiries.

ask for [ask for something] (help, receipt, trouble) Request something.

ask in [ask somebody in] Invite someone into your house, office etc.

ask out [ask somebody out] Ask somebody to go to the theatre, a restaurant, etc, with you. take out

ask over [ask somebody over] Invite somebody to your house.

ask round [ask somebody round] Invite somebody to your house.

auction off [auction something off] (furniture) Get rid of something by selling it at an auction.

 

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