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Meaning of account by Wiktionary Dictionary

account


    Pronunciation

    • ( US ) IPA: /ə.ˈkaʊnt/
    • Rhymes: -aʊnt
    • Hyphenation: ac‧count

    Etymology 1

    Abbreviations

    • ( business ): A/C, a/c, acct., acc .

    Noun

    account ( plural: accounts )

    1. ( accounting ) 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
    2. ( banking ) A sum of money deposited at a bank and subject to withdrawal .
      to keep one's account at the bank .
    3. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; a reason of an action to be done .
      No satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena .
    4. A reason, grounds, consideration, motive .
      on no account
      on every account
      on all accounts
    5. ( business ) A business relationship involving the exchange of money and credit .
    6. A record of events; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description
      An account of a battle .
    7. A statement explaining one's conduct.
    8. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
    9. Importance; worth; value; esteem; judgement.
    10. An authorization to use a service .
      I've opened an account with Wikipedia so that I can contribute and partake in the project .
    11. ( archaic ) A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning .
    12. Profit; advantage .
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    Etymology 2

    From Anglo-Norman acounter, accomptere et al., Middle French aconter, acompter, from a- + conter ( “to count” ). Compare count .

    Verb

    account ( third-person singular simple present accounts present participle accounting, simple past and past participle accounted )

    1. to provide explanation
      1. ( obsolete, transitive ) To present an account of; to answer for, to justify. [14th-17th c.]
      2. ( intransitive, now rare ) To give an account of financial transactions, money received etc. [from 14th c.]
      3. ( transitive ) To estimate, consider ( something to be as described ). [from 14th c.]
      4. ( intransitive ) To consider that. [from 14th c.]
      5. ( intransitive ) To give a satisfactory evaluation for financial transactions, money received etc. [from 15th c.]
        An officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received .
      6. ( intransitive ) To give a satisfactory evaluation for ( one's actions, behaviour etc. ); to answer for. [from 16th c.]
        We must account for the use of our opportunities .
      7. ( intransitive ) To give a satisfactory reason for; to explain. [from 16th c.]
        Idleness accounts for poverty .
      8. ( intransitive ) To establish the location for someone. [from 19th c.]
        After the crash, not all passengers were accounted for .
      9. ( intransitive ) To cause the death, capture, or destruction of someone or something ( + for ). [from 19th c.]
    2. to count
      1. ( transitive, now rare ) To calculate, work out ( especially with periods of time ). [from 14th c.]
      2. ( obsolete ) To count ( up ), enumerate. [14th-17th c.]
      3. ( obsolete ) To recount, relate ( a narrative etc. ). [14th-16th c.]
    Derived terms
    Related terms
    • accountable
    • accountant

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    External links

    • account at OneLook Dictionary Search
    • account in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of account by Wordnet Dictionary

account


    Verb
    1. furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

    2. I can't account for the missing money
    3. to give an account or representation of in words

    4. keep an account of

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

    6. Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam
    Noun
    1. the quality of taking advantage

    2. she turned her writing skills to good account
    3. importance or value

    4. a person of considerable account
      he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance
    5. a record or narrative description of past events

    6. he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president
    7. an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered

    8. send me an account of what I owe
    9. a short account of the news

    10. the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious
    11. a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc .

    12. I expected a brief account
    13. the act of informing by verbal report

    14. by all accounts they were a happy couple
    15. grounds

    16. don't do it on my account
      the paper was rejected on account of its length
    17. a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance

    18. they send me an accounting every month
    19. a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services

    20. he asked to see the executive who handled his account


    Definition of account by GCIDE Dictionary

    account


    1. Account n. [OE. acount, account, accompt, OF. acont, fr. aconter. See Account, v. t., Count, n., 1.]
      1. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, “the Julian account of time”.

      A beggarly account of empty boxes. Shak.

      2. 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. 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. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, “an account of a battle”. “A laudable account of the city of London.” Howell.

      5. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.

      Give an account of thy stewardship. Luke xvi. 2.

      6. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment. “To stand high in your account.” Shak.

      7. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit. “Men of account.” Pope. “To turn to account.” Shak.

      Account current, a running or continued account between two or more parties, or a statement of the particulars of such an account. -- In account with, in a relation requiring an account to be kept. -- On account of, for the sake of; by reason of; because of. -- On one's own account, for one's own interest or behalf. -- To make account, to have an opinion or expectation; to reckon. [Obs.]

      This other part . . . makes account to find no slender arguments for this assertion out of those very scriptures which are commonly urged against it. Milton.

      -- To make account of, to hold in estimation; to esteem; as, “he makes small account of beauty”. -- To take account of, or to take into account, to take into consideration; to notice. “Of their doings, God takes no account.” Milton. -- A writ of account ( Law ), a writ which the plaintiff brings demanding that the defendant shall render his just account, or show good cause to the contrary; -- called also an action of account. Cowell.

      Syn. -- Narrative; narration; relation; recital; description; explanation; rehearsal. -- Account, Narrative, Narration, Recital. These words are applied to different modes of rehearsing a series of events. Account turns attention not so much to the speaker as to the fact related, and more properly applies to the report of some single event, or a group of incidents taken as whole; as, an account of a battle, of a shipwreck, etc. A narrative is a continuous story of connected incidents, such as one friend might tell to another; as, a narrative of the events of a siege, a narrative of one's life, etc. Narration is usually the same as narrative, but is sometimes used to describe the mode of relating events; as, his powers of narration are uncommonly great. Recital denotes a series of events drawn out into minute particulars, usually expressing something which peculiarly interests the feelings of the speaker; as, the recital of one's wrongs, disappointments, sufferings, etc.

    2. Account v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accounted; p. pr. & vb. n. Accounting.] [OE. acounten, accompten, OF. aconter, à ( L. ad ) + conter to count. F. conter to tell, compter to count, L. computare. See Count, v. t.]

      1. To reckon; to compute; to count. [Obs.]

      The motion of . . . the sun whereby years are accounted. Sir T. Browne.

      2. To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to. [R.] Clarendon.

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

      Accounting that God was able to raise him up. Heb. xi. 19.

      4. To recount; to relate. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    3. Account, v. i.
      1. To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, “an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received”.

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

      3. To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; -- with for; as, “idleness accounts for poverty”.

      To account of, to esteem; to prize; to value. Now used only in the passive. “I account of her beauty.” Shak.

      Newer was preaching more accounted of than in the sixteenth century. Canon Robinson.