account for

  1. Verb.  (transitive) To explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed.
  2. Verb.  (transitive) To be the primary cause of.
  3. Verb.  (transitive) To destroy or put out of action.
  4. Verb.  (transitive) To constitute in amount or portion.

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