WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ac•count /əˈkaʊnt/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + for + object]
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.
- [countable] a description of events or situations:an eyewitness account.
- Business[countable] an amount of money deposited with a bank: a savings account.
- Business[countable] a statement or record of financial transactions:The accounts show us to be in trouble.
- Business[countable] a formal record of how much is owed to a particular person, business, etc:He hasn't settled his account yet.
- Business[uncountable] a business relation in which credit is used:He bought the clothes on account.
call to account, [ call + obj + to + ~]
- to hold accountable; blame.
- to ask for an explanation of.
- 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.
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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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