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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: acompter, from compter 'to count'

account

2 verb
     
account2 W2

account for something

phrasal verb
1 to form a particular amount or part of something:
Afro-Americans account for 12% of the US population.
2 to be the reason why something happens [= explain]:
Recent pressure at work may account for his behavior.
3 to give a satisfactory explanation of why something has happened or why you did something [= explain]:
Can you account for your movements on that night?
4 to say where all the members of a group of people or things are, especially because you are worried that some of them may be lost:
Three days after the earthquake, more than 150 people had still to be accounted for.

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