Phrasal verbs - Meaning of account for

Phrasal verbs

What does account for mean?

Here is the meaning of account for with examples:

"account for"


1. To explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed.
2. To be the primary cause of
3. To constitute in amount or portion.


Check the phrasal verb account for in a sentence:

1. The storekeeper was expected to account for any material removed.
2. The torrential downpour would account for the saturated state of the land.
3. German speakers accounted for 37% of the population.

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