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account

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of account

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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account

verb ac·count

Simple Definition of account

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  1. <account themselves lucky to be alive>



Origin and Etymology 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

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account

noun ac·count \ə-ˈkau̇nt\

Definition of account for Students

  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.>




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account

verb ac·count

Definition of account for Students

accounted

accounting

  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.>




Law Dictionary

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account

noun ac·count

Legal Definition of account

  1. 1a :  a record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a particular item (as cash or notes receivable) or a particular person or concern b :  a statement of transactions during a fiscal period showing the resulting balance —sometimes used in the plural <trustees filed annual accounts as required by statute — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.>

  2. 2 :  a periodically rendered reckoning (as one listing charged purchases and credits)

  3. 3 :  a sum of money or its equivalent deposited in the common cash of a bank and subject to withdrawal at the option of the depositor

  4. 4 :  a right under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code to payment for goods or services which is not contained in an instrument or chattel paper and that may or may not have been earned by performance




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account

intransitive verb ac·count

Legal Definition of account

  1. :  to give a financial account <a duty to account>





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