account for (something)

phrasal verb
accounted for (something); accounting for (something); accounts for (something)

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.

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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