- (transitive) To explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed.
- The storekeeper was expected to account for any material removed.
- (transitive) To be the primary cause of
- The torrential downpour would account for the saturated state of the land.
- (transitive) To destroy or put out of action.
- 1942 Check of Fortress, Liberator Raid At Lille Reveals High Enemy Loss
- Allied Air Forces Account for 34 Axis Aircraft
- 1972 Jet Missile Downs Mig In Dogfight
- South Vietnamese counter-attacks helped account for 239 guerrillas reported killed in the 24 hours ending at 6 today, 86 of them in allied air attacks
- 1992 Scientists monitoring return of wolves to Upper Pennisula
- ... and car strikes account for more than 50000, it's obvious the wolves' effect on the state's deer herd is so small as to be meaningless.
- (transitive) To constitute in amount or portion.
- German speakers accounted for 37% of the population.
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