Definitions for accountəˈkaʊnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•countəˈkaʊnt(n.; v.)-count•ed, -count•ing.

  1. (n.)an oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative.

  2. an explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior.

  3. a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event.

  4. reason; basis:

    On this account I'm refusing your offer.

  5. importance; worth; value; consequence:

    things of no account.

  6. estimation; judgment:

    In his account it was a miracle.

  7. an amount of money deposited with a bank, as in a checking or savings account.

    Category: Business

  8. an accommodation extended to a customer permitting the charging of goods or services.

    Category: Business

  9. a statement of financial transactions.

    Category: Business

  10. a formal record of the debits and credits relating to a particular person, business, etc.

    Category: Business

  11. a business relation in which credit is used. a customer or client, esp. one carried on a regular credit basis.

    Category: Business

  12. (v.i.)to give an explanation (usu. fol. by for).

  13. to answer concerning one's conduct, duties, etc. (usu. fol. by for).

  14. to provide a report on money received, kept, and spent.

  15. to cause (usu. fol. by for):

    The heat accounts for our discomfort.

  16. (v.t.)to regard; consider as:

    I account myself well paid.

  17. to assign or impute (usu. fol. by to).

Idioms for account:

  1. call to account, to hold accountable; blame. to ask for an explanation of.

    Category: Idiom

  2. give a good account of oneself, to behave or perform well.

    Category: Idiom

  3. hold to account, to consider responsible and answerable.

    Category: Idiom

  4. on account, as an installment or a partial payment.

    Category: Idiom, Business

  5. on account of, by reason of; because of. for the sake of.

    Category: Idiom

  6. on no account, under no circumstances; absolutely not.

    Category: Idiom

  7. on someone's account, for the sake of someone.

    Category: Idiom

  8. take account of, to consider; make allowance for. Also, take into account. to notice.

    Category: Idiom

  9. turn to account, to derive profit or use from.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of account:

1225–75; ME ac(c)ount(e), ac(c)ompte < AF, OF aco(u)nte, acompte. See ac -, count1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. history, account, chronicle, story(noun)

    a record or narrative description of past events

    "a history of France"; "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"; "the story of exposure to lead"

  2. report, news report, story, account, write up(noun)

    a short account of the news

    "the report of his speech"; "the story was on the 11 o'clock news"; "the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"

  3. account, business relationship(noun)

    a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services

    "he asked to see the executive who handled his account"

  4. explanation, account(noun)

    a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.

    "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"

  5. score, account(noun)


    "don't do it on my account"; "the paper was rejected on account of its length"; "he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful"

  6. account(noun)

    importance or value

    "a person of considerable account"; "he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance"

  7. account, accounting, account statement(noun)

    a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance

    "they send me an accounting every month"

  8. report, account(noun)

    the act of informing by verbal report

    "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"

  9. bill, account, invoice(noun)

    an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered

    "he paid his bill and left"; "send me an account of what I owe"

  10. account(verb)

    the quality of taking advantage

    "she turned her writing skills to good account"

  11. account(verb)

    be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something

    "Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam"

  12. account, calculate(verb)

    keep an account of

  13. report, describe, account(verb)

    to give an account or representation of in words

    "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"

  14. account, answer for(verb)

    furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

    "I can't account for the missing money"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. account(noun)əˈkaʊnt

    a report

    a detailed account of events; Witnesses gave an account of what they saw.

  2. accountəˈkaʊnt

    a bank account

    to open an account; a savings/checking account

  3. accountəˈkaʊnt

    an agreement with a company to pay later

    Put it on my account.

  4. accountəˈkaʊnt

    according to most people

    It is, by all accounts, a simple system to use.

  5. accountəˈkaʊnt

    because of

    He stopped working on account of his illness.

  6. accountəˈkaʊnt

    because of or for sb

    Please, don't leave on my account.

  7. accountəˈkaʊnt

    to consider when judging

    They did not take staffing costs into account.

  8. account(verb)əˈkaʊnt

    to represent

    Minnesota accounts for more than 50% of U.S. corn production.

  9. accountəˈkaʊnt

    to explain or to be the reason for

    This may account for his illness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Account(noun)

    a reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time

  2. Account(noun)

    a registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review; as, to keep one's account at the bank

  3. Account(noun)

    a statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; as, no satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason, ground, consideration, motive, etc.; as, on no account, on every account, on all accounts

  4. Account(noun)

    a statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle

  5. Account(noun)

    a statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon

  6. Account(noun)

    an estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment

  7. Account(noun)

    importance; worth; value; advantage; profit

  8. Account(verb)

    to reckon; to compute; to count

  9. Account(verb)

    to place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to

  10. Account(verb)

    to value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem

  11. Account(verb)

    to recount; to relate

  12. Account(verb)

    to render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received

  13. Account(verb)

    to render an account; to answer in judgment; -- with for; as, we must account for the use of our opportunities

  14. Account(verb)

    to give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; -- with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty


  1. Account

    Accounting is a systematic way to record transactions. An account refers to assets, liabilities, income, expenses, and equity, as represented by individual ledger pages, to which changes in value are chronologically recorded with debit and credit entries. These entries, referred to as postings, become part of a book of final entry or ledger. Examples of common financial accounts are cash, accounts receivable, mortgages, loans, PP&E, common stock, sales, services, wages, and payroll. A chart of accounts provides a listing of all financial accounts used by particular business, organization, or government agency. The system of recording, verifying, and reporting such information is called accounting. Practitioners of accounting are called accountants.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'account' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #726

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'account' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1040

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'account' in Nouns Frequency: #184

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'account' in Verbs Frequency: #356

Translations for account

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an arrangement by which a person keeps his money in a bank

I have (opened) an account with the local bank.

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