Whereas in the past the tourist board put in the majority of funding, now public donations count for sixty-five percent of all total funds!

What does "count for" mean in this context?

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    Most people would actually use account for in the cited context. See this NGram for ...which [ac]count for over [half of the total]. – FumbleFingers Jan 9 '19 at 16:40

This means that 65 % of the total funds are the public donations.

For example -

a counts for 60 percent of This, while b counts for 40 percent of This.

means that This comprises of 60 % a and 40 % b.

See the third definition for the intransitive verb form here.

  • So is it the same as " account for "but actually I don't find this meaning for it in dictionaries (Oxford and Longman). – user87080 Jan 9 '19 at 16:43
  • @user87080 It is in some dictionaries. – Tashus Jan 9 '19 at 16:45

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