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account

noun ac·count \ə-ˈkau̇nt\

Definition of account

  1. 1a :  a record of debit (see 2debit 1a) and credit (see 1credit 2d) entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concernb :  a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balancec archaic :  reckoning, computation

  2. 2a :  a statement explaining one's conduct She was asked to give an account of her actions.b :  a statement or exposition of reasons, causes, or motives no satisfactory account of these phenomenac :  a reason for an action :  basis On that account I must refuse.

  3. 3a (1) :  a formal business arrangement providing for regular dealings or services (such as banking, advertising, or store credit) and involving the establishment and maintenance of an account a checking account; also :  client, customer They are one of our most important accounts. (2) :  money deposited in a bank account and subject to withdrawal by the depositorb :  an arrangement in which a person uses the Internet or e-mail services of a particular company

  4. 4a :  value, importance It's of no account to me.b :  esteem stood high in their account

  5. 5 :  advantage turned her wit to good account

  6. 6a :  careful thought :  consideration have to take many things into accountb :  a usually mental record :  track Keep account of all you do.

  7. 7 :  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

give a good account of oneself

  1. :  to perform well especially in a competition or confrontation :  to acquit oneself well Though he has an aristocratic bearing, he could probably give a good account of himself in a street fight. — Ishmael Reed

on account

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

on account of

  1. :  for the sake of :  because of The game was cancelled on account of rain.

on no account

  1. :  under no circumstances On no account should the children be left alone at home.

on one's own account

  1. 1 :  on one's own behalf I'm doing it on my own account, not for anyone else.

  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 —see 2account


First Known Use: 14th century


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account

verb ac·count

Definition of account

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation —used with for couldn't account for the loss

  3. 2a :  to be the sole or primary factor —used with for The left fielder accounted for all three putouts.b :  to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something —used with for Enemy fighters accounted for two of the bombers.

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to think of as :  consider accounts himself lucky

  6. 2 :  to probe into :  analyze

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 English Language Learners

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account

noun ac·count \ə-ˈkau̇nt\

Definition of account for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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account

verb ac·count

Definition of account for English Language Learners

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


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

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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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