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account for sth

phrasal verb with account     /əˈkaʊnt/ verb
BE PART OF
to be part of a total number of something: Oil accounts for 40% of Norway's exports.Numerical relationships
EXPLAIN
to be the reason for something, or to explain the reason for something: He'd had an argument with Caroline, which accounts for his bad mood this morning. She was asked to account for the missing money.Reasons and explanations
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