take account of

idiomatic phrase

variants or take into account
: to give attention or consideration to (something)
a plan that failed to take account of possible weather delays = a plan that failed to take possible weather delays into account
She took account of everything he did and said, pondering it, and trying to make out exactly what he meant, to the inflection of a syllable, the slightest movement or gesture.William Dean Howells
… he developed a mathematical model for projecting production of mineral resources, taking account of expected demand and the amount thought to be still in the ground.Richard A. Kerr
Atmospheric general circulation models … simulate atmospheric processes in three dimensions, explicitly taking into account dynamical processes.Raymond S. Bradley

Examples of take account of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the economic realm, what is required is not total decoupling but partial disengagement, a substantial realignment of trade and investment policies that takes account of three facts. Aaron L. Friedberg, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2020 In a statement to his cabinet, Mr. Shtayyeh, an academic economist who took office in 2019, said the next administration would need to take account of the current situation in Gaza, which has been laid waste by nearly five months of heavy fighting. Ali Sawafta, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2024 Officials also began to take account of the damage and casualties left in the wake of the wildfires, which ignited and spread amid an unprecedented heat wave in the South American county. USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2024 Google has to rework its plans for a new data center in Chile, to take account of climate change. David Meyer, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 But this goal itself may be based on an understanding of the organization that does not take account of its current reality. Foreign Affairs, 11 Dec. 2023 In terms of climate change action there are no excuses left; offsetting, endless seminars and diluted declarations have all been found out—so live music must drastically reduce all primary emissions and take account of fan travel. Evan Minsker, Pitchfork, 5 Dec. 2023 The mantua-maker—or dressmaker, as she was increasingly known—would have kept a pattern of each client on file that could be altered to take account of changes occurring through age, illness, and pregnancy. Kathryn Hughes, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2023 After taking account of the Biden administration’s unsuccessful attempt to forgive student loans, the deficit unexpectedly doubled this year to about $2 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Stephen Miran, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of take account of was in 1549

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“Take account of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20account%20of. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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