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noun ac·count·ing \ə-ˈkau̇n-tiŋ\

Definition of accounting

  1. 1 :  the system of recording and summarizing business and financial transactions and analyzing, verifying, and reporting the results; also :  the principles and procedures of this system studied accounting as a freshman

  2. 2a :  work done in accounting or by accountantsb :  an instance of applied accounting or of the settling or presenting of accounts

  3. 3 :  account 2 They were required to provide a detailed accounting of their actions.

Examples of accounting in a Sentence

  1. what accounting can you give for your bizarre actions on the night in question?

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Origin and Etymology of accounting

Middle English acountynge “reckoning, calculation,” from gerund of accounten “to 2account



ACCOUNTING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of accounting for English Language Learners

  • : the skill, system, or job of keeping the financial records of a business or person


ACCOUNTING Defined for Kids

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noun ac·count·ing \ə-ˈkau̇n-tiŋ\

Definition of accounting for Students

  1. :  the work of keeping a person's or a business's financial records


Law Dictionary

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noun ac·count·ing

Legal Definition of accounting

  1. 1 :  an often court-ordered presentment or examination of accounts a complete accounting would be necessary to determine the nature of the expenditures — Case & Comment

  2. 2 :  the settlement by judicial action of the assets of a partnership (as upon dissolution)



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