account for (something)

phrasal verb

accounted for (something); accounting for (something); accounts for (something)
: to give a reason or explanation for (something)
How do you account for your success?
: to be the cause of (something)
These new features account for the computer's higher price.
: to make up or form (a part of something)
Women account for only 25 percent of our employees.
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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“Account for (something).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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