account for (something)

phrasal verb

accounted for (something); accounting for (something); accounts 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.

Examples of account for (something) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The world’s wealthiest 10% already account for half of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, according to Oxfam research. Eva Roytburg, Fortune Europe, 9 June 2024 But the number does account for about 8 percent of all requests during that nine-month period. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2024 However, today’s regulations do not account for all these new and emerging intermediary data categories. Rachel Ventresca, Fortune, 7 June 2024 In January, the official X account for the police department of Rosenberg, Texas, posted two photos of a Cybertruck parked in a shopping complex lot near a cop car. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for account for (something) 

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“Account for (something).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/account%20for%20%28something%29. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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