Account-for meaning

To constitute in amount or portion.

German speakers accounted for 37% of the population.

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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.

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To be the primary cause of.

The torrential downpour would account for the saturated state of the land.

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To make or render a reckoning of funds, persons, or things.
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To be answerable for.
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To destroy or put out of action.

Coyotes account for more rabbits than hunters do.

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