account for (something)

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of account for (something)

1 : to give a reason or explanation for (something)
  • How do you account for your success?
2 : to be the cause of (something)
  • These new features account for the computer's higher price.
3 : to make up or form (a part of something)
  • Women account for only 25 percent of our employees.
4 US : to think about (something) before doing something : to take (something) into consideration
  • The researchers failed to account for the fact that most of the students were poor.

Word by Word Definitions

account play
  1. : a record of debit (see 2debit 1a) and credit (see 1credit 2d) entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern

  2. : a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balance

  3. : reckoning, computation

  1. : to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

  2. : to be the sole or primary factor

  3. : to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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