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Princeton's WordNet

  1. history, account, chronicle, storynoun

    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 upnoun

    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 relationshipnoun

    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, accountnoun

    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, accountnoun


    "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. accountnoun

    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 statementnoun

    a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance

    "they send me an accounting every month"

  8. report, accountnoun

    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, invoicenoun

    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. accountverb

    the quality of taking advantage

    "she turned her writing skills to good account"

  11. accountverb

    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, calculateverb

    keep an account of

  13. report, describe, accountverb

    to give an account or representation of in words

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

  14. account, answer forverb

    furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

    "I can't account for the missing money"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ACCOUNTnoun

    Etymology: from the old French accompt, from compactus, Lat. originally written accompt, which see;

    At many times I brought in my accounts,
    Laid them before you; you would throw them off,
    And say you found them in mine honesty. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    When my young master has once got the skill of keeping accounts (which is a business of reason more than arithmetic) perhaps it will not be amiss, that his father from thenceforth require him to do it in all his concernments. John Locke, on Education.

    Behold this have I found, saith the Preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account. Ecclesiasticus, vii. 27.

    For the care that they took for their wives and their children, their brethren and kinsfolks, was in least account with them: but the greatest and principal fear was for the holy temple. 2 Maccab. xv. 18.

    That good affection, which things of smaller account have once set on work, is by so much the more easily raised higher. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 35.

    I should make more account of their judgment, who are men of sense, and yet have never touched a pencil, than of the opinion given by the greatest part of painters. John Dryden, Dufresn.

    We would establish our souls in such a solid and substantial virtue, as will turn to account in that great day, when it must stand the test of infinite wisdom and justice. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 399.

    There is such a peculiarity in ’s manner of apostrophizing Eumæus, and speaking of him in the second person: it is generally applied, by that poet, only to men of account and distinction. Alexander Pope, Odyssey; notes.

    Considering the usual motives of human actions, which are pleasure, profit, and ambition, I cannot yet comprehend how those persons find their account in any of the three. Jonathan Swift, Address to Parliament.

    If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on my account. Philemon, i. 8.

    This must be always remembered, that nothing can come into the account of recreation, that is not done with delight. John Locke, on Education, § 197.

    In matters where his judgment led him to oppose men on a public account, he would do it vigorously and heartily. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The assertion is our Saviour’s, though uttered by him in the person of Abraham, the father of the faithful; who, on the account of that character, is very fitly introduced.

    These tribunes, a year or two after their institution, kindled great dissensions between the nobles and the commons, on the account of Coriolanus, a nobleman, whom the latter had impeached. Jonathan Swift, Contests in Athens and Rome.

    Nothing can recommend itself to our love, on any other account, but either as it promotes our present, or is a means to assure to us a future happiness. John Rogers, Sermon v.

    Sempronius gives no thanks on this account. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants; and when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. Matt. xix. 23, 24.

    Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afraid! What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The true ground of morality can only be the will and law of a God, who sees men in the dark, has in his hands rewards and punishments, and power enough to call to account the proudest offender. John Locke.

    It is easy to give account, how it comes to pass, that though all men desire happiness, yet their wills carry them so contrarily. John Locke.

    It being, in our author’s account, a right acquired by begetting, to rule over those he had begotten, it was not a power possible to be inherited, because the right, being consequent to, and built on, an act perfectly personal, made that power so too, and impossible to be inherited. John Locke.

    These were designed to join with the forces at sea, there being prepared a number of flat-bottomed boats to transport the land-forces, under the wing of the great navy: for they made no account, but that the navy should be absolutely master of the seas. Francis Bacon, Considerations on War with Spain.

    A prodigal young fellow, that had sold his clothes, upon the sight of a swallow, made account that summer was at hand, and away went his shirt too. Roger L'Estrange, Fable cxxvii.

    Being convinced, upon all accounts, that they had the same reason to believe the history of our Saviour, as that of any other person to which they themselves were not actually eye-witnesses, they were bound, by all the rules of historical faith, and of right reason, to give credit to this history. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.

  2. To Accountverb

    That also was accounted a land of giants. Deut.

    The calendar months are likewise arbitrarily and unequally settled by the same power; by which months we, to this day, account, and they measure, and make up, that which we call the Julian year. William Holder, on Time.

    If any one should ask, why our general continued so easy to the last? I know no other way to account for it, but by that unmeasurable love of wealth, which his best friends allow to be his predominant passion. Jonathan Swift.

    Then thou shalt see him plung’d, when least he fears,
    At once accounting for his deep arrears. John Dryden, Juv. Sat. xiii.

    They have no uneasy presages of a future reckoning, wherein the pleasures they now taste, must be accounted for; and may, perhaps, be outweighed by the pains, which shall then lay hold of them. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Such as have a faulty circulation through the lungs, ought to eat very little at a time; because the increase of the quantity of fresh chyle, must make that circulation still more uneasy; which, indeed, is the case of consumptive and some asthmatic persons, and accounts for the symptoms they are troubled with after eating. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    For some years, really accrued the yearly sum of two hundred thousand pounds to the king’s coffers: and it was, in truth, the only project that was accounted to his own service. Edward Hyde.

    Silver was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon. Chron.


  1. account

    An account is a record or statement of financial transactions made over a certain period involving a specific individual, business, or entity. It can also refer to an arrangement with a bank or other financial institution for depositing, withdrawing, or loaning money. Furthermore, in the context of online platforms or services, an account refers to an established relationship between a user and the entity providing a service, often requiring a username and password for access.

  2. account

    An account is a record or statement of financial transactions and activities relating to a particular asset, liability, expense, revenue, equity, or any other aspect that characterizes a person's, company's or agency's financial status. It can also refer to a arrangement with a service provider, business or bank where personal or financial details are recorded and certain transactions or services can be made.

  3. account

    An account is a record or statement of financial expenditure or receipts relating to a particular period or purpose. It can also refer to an arrangement by which an organization, such as a bank or business, holds funds on behalf of a client or supplies goods or services to them on credit. Additionally, in the context of digital technology, an account can refer to a subscription or profile that grants access to a specific system, platform, or application.

  4. account

    An account can refer to different things depending on the context, but generally, it is a record or statement detailing the financial transactions in a particular period or a report or description of an event or experience. In finance, an account refers to an arrangement with a bank or other financial institutions to manage your money. In computing, an account can mean an arrangement with a service provider that allows a user to perform certain online activities, typically in exchange for information or credentials.

  5. account

    An account refers to a record or a statement of financial expenditure or receipts relating to a particular period or purpose. It can also refer to an arrangement by which a user has personal or professional access to a service system, typically provided by a financial institution, utility company, retailer, or social media platform. It can be a formal contractual relationship established by the agreement between two parties, where one party regularly supplies service, receives goods, or handles particular transactions on behalf of the other.

  6. account

    An account refers to a detailed record or statement which serves multiple purposes: 1) In finance, it represents a particular arrangement with a bank or credit institution in which an individual, business or legal entity maintains money or credit facilities. 2) In business, an account can refer to a record of financial transactions, often divided into several subcategories for managing income, expenses, assets and liabilities. 3) On a digital platform, an account signifies the relationship between a user and the platform, identified by a unique username or ID, which may be password-protected to prevent unauthorized access. 4) In sales or customer service, an account signifies an ongoing business relationship with a client or customer. 5) In communications, to give an account signifies providing a narrative or explanation of events. The specific definition varies based on the context.

  7. account

    An account is a record or arrangement in which information or financial transactions are stored and managed, often in a business or banking context. This may refer to a user profile within a system, a record of financial transactions for a particular period, or a contractual relationship with a financial institution. In all cases, an account provides a structured way of recording, categorizing, and storing important information.

  8. account

    An account can be defined in multiple contexts: 1) In finance, an account refers to a record in a bookkeeping system that keeps track of financial transactions of a specific type, such as expenses, payable, taxes, and others. 2) In businesses, an account can refer to a customer, client, or project that a company provides services or goods to. 3) In banks, an account signifies a business relationship with a bank, in which the bank holds funds on behalf of the customer for safekeeping or for various transactions like deposits and withdrawals. 4) In the digital world, an account often refers to the provision of services by an online platform where the user is identified by a username and secures access to the platform with a password. Examples include email accounts, social media accounts, etc. 5) In storytelling or journalism, to give an account means to narrate or describe an event, experience, or situation. Thus, an account's meaning can vary, but it generally refers to a record, relationship, or description that is maintained between parties for a certain purpose.

  9. account

    An account refers to a record or statement of financial expenditure or receipts relating to a specific period or purpose. It can also denote an arrangement by which a user is given personalized access to a computer, website, or application, typically by entering a username and password. Furthermore, in terms of business, it could represent a customer, client or a business relationship.

  10. account

    An account is a record or statement of financial expenditure or receipts relating to a particular period or purpose. It can also refer to an arrangement by which an organization, such as a bank or business, holds funds on behalf of a client or supplies goods or services to them on credit. Additionally, in the context of online/digital platforms, an account refers to the personalized access to a system, service, or application, often secured with a password.

  11. account

    An account is a record or statement of financial expenditure or receipts relating to a specific period or purpose. It can also refer to an arrangement by which an organization, such as a bank or business, holds funds on behalf of a client or supplies goods or services to them on credit. Additionally, in the context of digital technology, an account is a personalized space secured through login credentials provided by a user on a website or an application.

  12. account

    An account is a record or statement of financial expenditure or receipts relating to a particular period or purpose, maintained by an individual or an entity, such as a business, a bank, or a government agency. It can also refer to an arrangement by which a person, company, or organization conducts financial transactions or accesses a particular service, especially through a banking institution. Additionally, an account could mean a client or customer, especially in advertising, consulting, or other service industries.

  13. account

    An account is a record or statement of financial expenditure or receipts relating to a particular period or purpose. It is also an arrangement by which a body or institution holds funds on behalf of a client or supplies goods or services to them on credit. Additionally, in computing context, it refers to an arrangement in which a user is given personalized access to a computer, website, or application, typically by entering a username and password.

  14. account

    An account is a record or statement of financial transactions, activities, or changes concerning a particular aspect in businesses, organizations, or personal finances. This term could also refer to an arrangement with a bank or business where clients or customers can deposit or withdraw money and use services like loans or investment. In the context of technology, it may also refer to a registered membership or profile that a user creates to access a website, application, or system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accountnoun

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

  2. Accountnoun

    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. Accountnoun

    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. Accountnoun

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

  5. Accountnoun

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

  6. Accountnoun

    an estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment

  7. Accountnoun

    importance; worth; value; advantage; profit

  8. Accountverb

    to reckon; to compute; to count

  9. Accountverb

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

  10. Accountverb

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

  11. Accountverb

    to recount; to relate

  12. Accountverb

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

  13. Accountverb

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

  14. Accountverb

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

  15. Etymology: [OE. acounten, accompten, OF. aconter, (L. ad) + conter to count. F. conter to tell, compter to count, L. computare. See Count, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Account

    ak-kownt′, v.t. to reckon: to judge, value.—v.i. (with for) to give a reason: to give an account of money held in trust.—n. a counting: statement: value: sake: a reckoning as to money, as in phrases like, 'to render an account,' 'to settle an account,' 'to square accounts' with any one, &c.—adj. Account′able, liable to account, responsible (for, of the thing; to, of the person).—ns. Account′ableness, Accountabil′ity, liability to give account, responsibility to fulfil obligations.—adv. Account′ably.—ns. Account′ancy, the office or work of an accountant; Account′ant, one who keeps, or is skilled in, accounts; Account′antship, the employment of an accountant; Account′-book, a book in which accounts are kept.—Account current, or open account, a course of business dealings still going on between two persons, or a person and a bank.—For account of, on behalf of; For the account, for settlement on the regular fortnightly or monthly settling-day, instead of for cash (of sales on the Stock Exchange).—In account with, in business relations requiring the keeping of an account with some one.—On or To account, an instalment or interim payment.—To make account of, to set value upon; To take into account, to take into consideration; To take no account of, to overlook. [O. Fr. acconter—L. ad, to, computāre, to reckon. See Compute, Count.]

Editors Contribution

  1. account

    A detailed list of financial transactions.

    The account has a sufficient amount of money to pay for bills and for living.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

  2. account

    A type of contract or relationship created with trust and knowing the person has the money to pay for commodities, products, goods or services.

    Every social enterprise allows customers to have an account if practical and logical to do so.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of account in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of account in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of account in a Sentence

  1. Ompi Aphane:

    You have to take into account the reality today, that we have a very tight fiscal environment. The extent to which you can rely on the national treasury to fund projects is not what it was five years ago.

  2. Timothy Massad:

    The risk to the clearing house is primarily whether the customer account is adequately margined.

  3. Tom McPhail:

    It appears likely that some providers are going to be called to account for the way they have treated their customers, which could in turn pave the way for compensation for mis-sold annuity investors.

  4. Douglas Adams:

    One of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them: It is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves into a position of power should on no account be allowed to do the job. Another problem with governing people is people.

  5. Douglas Rutzen:

    Citizens are seeking to work together to improve their everyday lives, but many governments find this threatening. They don't want to be questioned or to be held to account by their citizens.

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