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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ac•count /əˈkaʊnt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + for + object]
- a description of events or situations[countable]an eyewitness account.
- Business[countable] an amount of money deposited with a bank: a savings account.
- Business a statement or record of financial transactions[countable]The accounts show us to be in trouble.
- Business a formal record of how much is owed to a particular person, business, etc[countable]He hasn't settled his account yet.
- Business a business relation in which credit is used[uncountable]He bought the clothes on account.
- to give an explanation for:Can you account for your fingerprints on the gun?
- to be the cause or source of: The New York market accounts for a lot of our sales.
call to account, [ call + obj + to + ~]
- to hold accountable; blame.
Idioms hold to account, [ hold + obj + to + ~] to consider responsible and answerable:held the treasurer to account for the loss.
Idioms on account of, because of: The game was postponed on account of rain.
Idioms on no account, absolutely not:On no account should you hesitate to call on us.
Idioms on someone's account, for the sake of someone:Don't do it on my account.
take account of, [ ~ + obj] to consider; make allowance for:took account of the chance of rain. take into account, to take into consideration: [ take + into + ~ + obj]:didn't take into account the cost of the project.[ take + obj + into + ~]:took it into account.
- to ask for an explanation of.
(ə kount′), n.
- an oral or written description of particular events or situations;
narrative:an account of the meetings; an account of the trip.
- an explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior.
- a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event.
basis:On this account I'm refusing your offer.
- importance; worth;
consequence:things of no account.
judgment:In his account it was an excellent piece of work.
- Businessan amount of money deposited with a bank, as in a checking or savings account:My account is now with Third National.
- BusinessAlso called charge account. an accommodation or service extended by a business to a customer or client permitting the charging of goods or services, the returning for credit of unsatisfactory merchandise, etc.:Do you have an account at this store? My account with the restaurant is past due.
- Businessa statement of financial transactions.
- a formal record of the debits and credits relating to the person, business, etc., named at the head of the ledger account.
- a balance of a specified period's receipts and expenditures.
- a business relation in which credit is used.
- any customer or client, esp. one carried on a regular credit basis.
call to account:
- Also called advertising account. the business assigned to an advertising agency by a client:The toothpaste account was awarded to a new agency last year.
- to hold accountable; blame;
reprimand:Call them to account for having endangered their lives.
give a good (bad, etc.) account of, to do something or conduct oneself in a good (bad, etc.) manner:She gave a good account of herself in the tennis tournament.
hold to account, to hold responsible; hold accountable or culpable:If any of the silver is missing, I'm going to hold you to account.
Businesson account, as an installment or a partial payment:I can't pay the balance, but here's $10 on account.
on account of:
- ask for an explanation of.
- by reason of; because of.
on all accounts, in any case;
- for the sake of:She saw it through on account of me.
under any circumstances. Also,at all accounts.
on no account, under no circumstances;
absolutely not:On no account should you buy that painting without having it appraised.
take account of:
- to make allowance for; consider:One must take account of the difficult circumstances. Taking account of the high overhead, the price is not excessive.
turn to account, to derive profit or use from;
- to notice or observe. Also,take into account.
turn to advantage:She has turned her misfortunes to account.
- to give an explanation (usually fol. by for):to account for the accident.
- to answer concerning one's conduct, duties, etc. (usually fol. by for):to account for the missing typewriters.
- to provide a report on money received, kept, and spent.
- to cause (usually fol. by for):The humidity accounts for our discomfort. His reckless driving accounted for the accident.
- to regard; consider as:I account myself well paid.
- to assign or impute (usually fol. by to):the many virtues accounted to him.
1 . report, chronicle. See narrative. 2 . justification. 5 . import, significance. 6 . consideration.
- Old French acunter, acompter. See ac-, count1
- Anglo-French, Old French aco(u)nte, acompte; (verb, verbal) Middle English ac(co)unten
- (noun, nominal) Middle English a(c)ount(e), ac(c)ompte 1225–75
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
account /əˈkaʊnt/ n
- a verbal or written report, description, or narration of some occurrence, event, etc
- an explanation of conduct, esp one made to someone in authority
- ground; basis; consideration (often in the phrases on this (that, every, no, etc) account, on account of)
- importance, consequence, or value: of little account
- assessment; judgment
- profit or advantage: to turn an idea to account
- part or behalf (only in the phrase on one's or someone's account)
- a business relationship between a bank, department store, stockbroker, etc, and a depositor, customer, or client permitting the latter certain banking or credit services
- the sum of money deposited at a bank
- the amount of credit available to the holder of an account
- a record of these
- a statement of monetary transactions with the resulting balance
- a regular client or customer, esp a firm that purchases commodities on credit
- an area of business assigned to another: they transferred their publicity account to a new agent
- call to account, bring to account ⇒ to insist on explanation
- to rebuke; reprimand
- to hold responsible
- give a bad account of oneself ⇒ to perform badly: he gave a bad account of himself in the examination
- give a good account of oneself ⇒ to perform well
- on account ⇒ on credit
- Also: to account as partial payment
- on account of ⇒ (preposition) because of; by reason of
- take account of, take into account ⇒ to take into consideration; allow for
- settle accounts with, square accounts with ⇒ to pay or receive a balance due
- to get revenge on (someone)
- See bank account, credit account
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French acont, from conter, compter to count1
- (transitive) to consider or reckon: he accounts himself poor
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