account for

verb(intr, preposition)
  1. to give reasons for (an event, act, etc)

  2. to make or provide a reckoning of (expenditure, payments, etc)

  1. to be responsible for destroying, killing, or putting (people, aircraft, etc) out of action

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Other Idioms and Phrases with account for

account for

Be the determining factor in; cause. For example, The heat wave accounts for all this food spoilage, or Icy roads account for the increase in accidents.

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