||Respect or obey
(the law, a decision, a rule)
|If you want to stay at this school, you must abide by the rules.
||Explain; give a reason
||I hope you can account for the money you spent!
||Take action as a result of something
||The police acted on the call they received.
||Cause pain or annoyance by functioning badly
||Dad’s poor knee is acting up again.
||Make sense; seem reasonable
||Her story just doesn’t add up.
||Support; follow; act in accordance with
||All contestants must adhere to the rules.
||Recommend not doing something
||The doctor advised him against carrying heavy loads.
||Have the same opinion as someone else
||I agree with you. I think she deserves the award too.
||Direct towards a target
||The policeman aimed his gun at the hijacker.
||Take into consideration;
Include in a calculation
|You’d better leave early to allow forheavy traffic.
||Show from a particular point of view.
||The documentary was angled at young viewers.
||Try to obtain something by hinting.
||I suspect Tom’s angling for a free ticket.
|| Don’t answer back your mother!
||1) Be responsible for something.
2) Speak on behalf of someone.
|1) Normally parents have to answer fortheir children’s behaviour.
2) I agree, but I can’t answer for my associate.
||1)Plead or make an earnest request.
2) Be attractive or interesting.
|1) The organizers appealed to the crowd to stay calm.
2) Camping doesn’t appeal to me.
||Make a formal request for something
(job, permit, loan, etc.)
|He applied for the job advertised.
||Enquire about someone’s well-being.
||My mother is always asking after you.
||Mention it to people you see or meet.
||I’ll ask around and see if anyone has seen your cat.
||Invite someone to lunch, dinner, the cinema …
||John has asked Mary out several times.
|avail (oneself) of
||Take advantage of something
|When the company is privatized, you should avail yourself of the opportunity and buy some shares.