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Meaning of ACCOUNT FOR

Pronunciation:  u'kawnt for

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give reasons for; "Can you account for all these absences?"
  2. [v]  be the reason or explanation for; "The recession accounts for the slow retail business"
 See Also: be, explain, explicate



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