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account for sth

phrasal verb with account     /əˈkaʊnt/ verb [T]
to form part of a total : High-tech companies account for 32% of the total value of the payrolls in the area .
to explain the reason for something or the cause of something: Rural Americans are often older than those in other parts of America and that may account for the slower adoption rates for internet access .
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