acˈcount for sth


acˈcount for sth
phrasal verb
1) to form a particular amount or part of something
Electronic goods account for over 30% of our exports.[/ex]
2) to be the reason for something
The increase in carbon dioxide emissions may account for changes in the climate.[/ex]
3) to give an explanation for something
How do you account for this sudden improvement in his test scores?[/ex]

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  • count — count1 W3S1 [kaunt] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(find the total)¦ 2¦(say numbers)¦ 3¦(be allowed)¦ 4¦(include)¦ 5¦(consider something)¦ 6¦(important)¦ 7 I/you can count somebody/something on (the fingers of) one hand 8 don t count your chickens (before they re… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • count — 1 /kaUnt/ verb 1 SAY NUMBERS also count up (I) to say numbers in their correct order (+ to): Sarah can count up to five now. | Try to count to ten before you lose your temper. 2 FIND THE TOTAL also count up (T) to count the people, objects,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • count*/*/*/ — [kaʊnt] verb I 1) [I/T] to calculate how many people or things there are in a group All the votes have been counted.[/ex] At least 60 people were injured, but we re still counting.[/ex] 2) to say numbers one after another in order I can count up… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • count on somebody — ˈcount on sb/sth derived to trust sb to do sth or to be sure that sth will happen Syn: ↑bank on something • ‘I m sure he ll help.’ ‘ Don t count on it.’ • count on somebody sb/sth to do sth …   Useful english dictionary

  • count on something — ˈcount on sb/sth derived to trust sb to do sth or to be sure that sth will happen Syn: ↑bank on something • ‘I m sure he ll help.’ ‘ Don t count on it.’ • count on something sb/sth to do sth …   Useful english dictionary

  • count against somebody — ˌcount aˈgainst sb | ˌcount sth aˈgainst sb derived to be considered or to consider sth to be a disadvantage in sb • For that job her lack of experience may count against her. • He has a criminal record but we hope that prospective employers won… …   Useful english dictionary

  • count something against somebody — ˌcount aˈgainst sb | ˌcount sth aˈgainst sb derived to be considered or to consider sth to be a disadvantage in sb • For that job her lack of experience may count against her. • He has a criminal record but we hope that prospective employers won… …   Useful english dictionary

  • account for something to somebody — acˈcount for sth (to sb) derived to give a record of how the money in your care has been spent • We have to account for every penny we spend on business trips. Main entry: ↑accountderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose count (of something) — phrase used for emphasizing that something has happened very many times I’ve lost count of the number of interviews I’ve given. Thesaurus: often and many timessynonym Main entry: count * * * lose count (of sth) idiom to forget …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep (a) count (of something) — keep (a) count (of sth) idiom to remember or keep a record of numbers or amounts of sth over a period of time • Keep a count of your calorie intake for one week. Main entry: ↑countidiom …   Useful english dictionary