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- (transitive) To explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed.
- I don't have to account for anything to you.
- The storekeeper was expected to account for any material removed.
- (transitive) To be the primary cause of
- The torrential downpour would account for the saturated state of the land.
- (transitive) To constitute in amount or portion.
- German speakers accounted for 37% of the population.
1992 November 15, “Scientists monitoring return of wolves to Upper Pennisula”, Chicago Tribune:
- ... and car strikes account for more than 50000, it's obvious the wolves' effect on the state's deer herd is so small as to be meaningless.
- (transitive) To make or render a reckoning of funds, persons, or things.
- (transitive) To be answerable for.
- (transitive) To destroy or put out of action.
- Coyotes account for more rabbits than hunters do.
1942 October 11, “Check of Fortress, Liberator Raid At Lille Reveals High Enemy Loss”, Hartford Courant:
- Allied Air Forces Account for 34 Axis Aircraft
1972 February 22, “Jet Missile Downs Mig In Dogfight”, The Bulletin:
- South Vietnamese counter-attacks helped account for 239 guerrillas reported killed in the 24 hours ending at 6 today, 86 of them in allied air attacks
to explain by relating circumstances
to constitute in amount or portion