Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “account for sth”

See all translations

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.
(Definition of account for sth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of account for sth?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “account for sth” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More