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English verb: account for

1. account for (stative) be the reason or explanation for

SamplesThe recession accounts for the slow retail business.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

2. account for (communication) give reasons for

SamplesCan you account for all these absences?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)explain, explicate

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