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noun ac·count \ə-ˈkau̇nt\

Simple Definition of account

  • : a record of money that has been paid and money that has been received

  • accounts : records of income and expenses

  • : an arrangement in which a bank keeps a record of the money that a person puts in and takes out of the bank

Full Definition of account

  1. 1 archaic :  reckoning, computation

  2. 2 a :  a record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern b :  a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balance

  3. 3 a :  a statement explaining one's conduct b :  a statement or exposition of reasons, causes, or motives <no satisfactory account of these phenomena> c :  a reason for an action :  basis <on that account I must refuse>

  4. 4 a (1) :  a formal business arrangement providing for regular dealings or services (as banking, advertising, or store credit) and involving the establishment and maintenance of an account; also :  client, customer (2) :  money deposited in a bank account and subject to withdrawal by the depositor b :  an arrangement in which a person uses the Internet or e-mail services of a particular company

  5. 5 a :  value, importance <it's of no account to me> b :  esteem <stood high in their account>

  6. 6 :  advantage <turned her wit to good account>

  7. 7 a :  careful thought :  consideration <have to take many things into account> b :  a usually mental record :  track <keep account of all you do>

  8. 8 :  a description of facts, conditions, or events :  report, narrative <the newspaper account of the fire> <by all accounts they're well-off>; also :  performance <a straightforward account of the sonata>

on account
  1. :  with the price charged to one's account

on account of
  1. :  for the sake of :  by reason of

on no account
  1. :  under no circumstances

on one's own account
  1. 1 :  on one's own behalf

  2. 2 :  at one's own risk

  3. 3 :  by oneself :  on one's own

Examples of account

  1. the difference between the debit and credit sides of an account

  2. We always keep very good accounts.

  3. We opened new accounts at a bank last week.

  4. I took out my money and closed my account.

  5. You can withdraw up to $1,000 a day from your account.

  6. Every week, she puts a part of her paycheck into a separate account.

  7. setting up a bank account

Origin of account

Middle English acounte, accompte, from Anglo-French acunte, from acunter

First Known Use: 14th century



verb ac·count

Simple Definition of account

  • : to think of (someone or something) in a specified way

Full Definition of account

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to think of as :  consider <accounts himself lucky>

  3. 2 :  to probe into :  analyze

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation —used with for <couldn't account for the loss>

  6. 2 a :  to be the sole or primary factor —used with for <the pitcher accounted for all three putouts> b :  to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something —used with for <accounted for two rabbits>

Examples of account

  1. <account themselves lucky to be alive>

Origin of account

Middle English, from Anglo-French acunter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + cunter to count

First Known Use: 14th century

ACCOUNT Defined for Kids



noun ac·count \ə-ˈkau̇nt\

Definition of account

  1. 1 :  a record of money received and money paid out

  2. 2 :  an arrangement with a bank to hold money and keep records of transactions

  3. 3 :  an arrangement for regular dealings with a business

  4. 4 :  an arrangement in which a person uses the Internet or e-mail services of a particular company

  5. 5 :  a statement of explanation or of reasons or causes <You'll be asked to give an account of your actions.>

  6. 6 :  a statement of facts or events :  report <Give me an account of the game.>

  7. 7 :  2worth 1, importance <It's of no account to them what I think.>

on account of
  1. :  because of <We cancelled on account of the rain.>

on someone's account
  1. :  because of someone <Don't stay on my account.>



verb ac·count

Definition of account


  1. :  to think of as <He accounted himself lucky.>

account for
  1. 1 :  to take into consideration <She didn't account for extra costs.>

  2. 2 :  to give an explanation <How do you account for your success?>

  3. 3 :  to be the cause of <The flu accounts for many absences.>

  4. 4 :  to make up or form <Women account for half the employees.>

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February 11, 2016

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